Following a low-key goalless draw with Wolves on Monday, Carlos Carvalhal said the prospect of two games in three days prevented a peak performance from his side.
The Wanderers stalemate came hot on the heels of Saturday’s draw with Preston and the head coach said such a quick turnaround of games would always present problems:
“It is not realistic to expect players to play at the top of their performance with two games in three days.
“It is not possible to play correctly because they are in the red and this is when the injuries can occur.
“But this is football and this is the schedule. It is the same for everyone in the competition but I have seen some strange results in the Championship today.
“I am sure every coach will tell you the same, all around the country.”
On the game itself, Carlos said a draw was probably the right result as both sides had chances and a strong penalty appeal each.
He added: “I think the result was correct because we had chances, they had chances, and I believe both could have had a penalty.
“We did not play well, that is for sure, and we know we are capable of a lot better performance.
“But did we prepare for this game the same as any other, with set pieces, analysis and organisation? No, because we did not have the time.
“We also had some injuries – Barry Bannan was playing with little pains, so was Kieran Lee and Fernando Forestieri, who only trained yesterday.
“These are not excuses, these are facts. When we can prepare with the correct time and with a full squad, the outcome is completely different, as we saw at Newcastle.
“What I can say for sure is that the future is bright at Sheffield Wednesday when we face proper situations with proper preparations.”