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The will to win

13 May 2017

Hard work, determination and the will to win are key components for the Owls going into their play-off duel with Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield in the Championship play-offs.

That is the verdict of Carlos Carvalhal, who leads his side into their second successive play-off campaign.

But that will count for little according to the head coach ahead of the first leg clash at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday at noon.

He said: “The play-offs are the start of a new competition. We are there because we have had a good season and Huddersfield are there because they have had a good season also.

“What has happened before that does not matter, all that matters now is what happens over these two games.

“We are workers and we are ready. We will go there and run a lot, fight a lot and show absolute determination to hopefully play our football and win the game.

“We have full respect for Huddersfield because they are a good side but we are a good side too.”

The nature of the play-offs dictates a swift turnaround time of the second leg, which unfolds at Hillsborough on Wednesday night.

But Carvalhal has cast not even a cursory glance in that direction as his focus remains firmly on Sunday afternoon.

He added: “All the talking we have done this week is all about the first leg.

“When the final whistle goes on Sunday, we will then concentrate on the game on Wednesday.

“The players are thinking only of Sunday and they will be ready. All the squad will be ready.”

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