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A tactical battle

25 November 2017

A tactical battle with both sides cancelling each other out was the assessment of Carlos Carvalhal following the 0-0 draw at Reading.

The hosts shaded the few chances in the first half, while the reverse was true in the second, and the points were shared as a result.

Carvalhal said: “It was a tactical battle today and I think we could have won the game and Reading could have won the game.

“They had the best chances in the first half and we had the best chances in the second half. So I think the draw was fair looking at the story of the game.”

The draw extended the Owls’ run to six unbeaten but Carvalhal spoke of his frustration to the media after the stalemate in Berkshire.

He said: “We came to win the game and we are frustrated that we did not achieve three points.

“We have played three games in one week and we have not been beaten but, of course, we wanted to win all three.

“We go back to our home on Saturday to play Hull City and we need to see the fire of Hillsborough because the players play much better in this atmosphere.”

The head coach also explained his decision to make six changes at the Madejski Stadium, with the busy fixture schedule and fitness levels in mind:

“We have played three games in one week, it is a big schedule and we must manage the situation.

“Tom Lees was injured, he could not play and Tom, like Gary Hooper, had a serious injury at the same stage of the season so we must be very careful with this situation.

“I believe we could have had problems if we had played Hooper from the start today as he has been on red alert so he did not start the game.

“The players who came in today did well and this is why we have a squad, it is a squad game and we will assess the squad next week before we play Hull next Saturday.”

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