Carvalhal – We’ll Try To Exploit Weaknesses Of Massive Newcastle


The last time we played Sheffield Wednesday at St. James’ Park was on September 23rd last year in the League Cup and Steve McClaren’s side were beaten 1-0 in that game, with Lewis McGugan scoring the winner with just 14 minutes to play.

We are hoping we can turn the tables this time around against Wednesday, who were unlucky not to be promoted last May when they lost 1-0 to Hull City in the play-off final.

Wednesday’s Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal has been at the Hillsborough since June of last year and he’s done very well so far.

Carlos Carvalhal – Sheffield Wednesday manager

It’s the 16th club he has managed since starting his management career back in 1998 at Sporting de Espinho in Portugal.

This is what Carlos Carvalhal has said in the lead up to the game on Monday night:

“Newcastle is a massive club with a fantastic stadium and fantastic support from the fans.”

“We are talking about a team that has more strong points than weak points, of course; the teams at the bottom normally have more weak points than strong points, but all the time they’re a threat.”

“At the same time, they have weak points like all teams in the world and we’ll try to exploit the weak points they have.” “It will be a game with two teams that go to the pitch to win the game.”

“We will respect them because we respect all the opponents; we know they are very strong, they have very good players and a very good coach.”

“But we are Sheffield Wednesday and we can go and fight for three points.”  “Let’s see.”

Wednesday are currently in 6th place in the Championship and have been moving up the table over the last couple of months.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

Italian striker Fernando Forestieri is available to play after a three game suspension, but whether he will play on Monday night in still unclear.

Wednesday also have a number of injuries so it’s not clear who will be available to play against our lads on Monday night.

But one thing is certain – it will be another difficult game against the Owls.

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6 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Dec 23, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve had a quick look at the FA report and clearly foul and abusive language was in use on both sides – and the FA confirm that they couldn’t be sure as to the certainty of the details. On that basis how can they possibly sanction Shelvey ? Additionally they haven’t taken any retrospective action against the Wolves player waving the imaginary red card.

    The only conclusion is that yet again the FA show themselves to be less than competent.

    and just how many people did Wolves need to take to the hearing ..clearly a mini bus load !

    “It is clear that there is a stark difference in the case presented by the FA and that presented on behalf of Mr Shelvey. There are differences in the accounts given by the witnesses on each side. However it must be borne in mind that the incident occurred during a match where there was a large crowd and a significant amount of noise. The immediate incident for the referee to address was the foul and the sending-off. The possibility of mishearing something that was said or not hearing at all something that was said must be taken into account. It is clear that not all of the witnesses heard everything that Mr Shelvey said. “

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #2

    andrew84,
    It still baffles me as to how Mag52 can claim to be so anti Ashley while insanely pro Pardew, the wearer of silly glasses carried out his instructions to the letter, throwing cups and telling us we couldn’t compete with Swansea ffs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #3

    * the two simply can’t go hand in hand after what we learned about Alan Pardew.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 23, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Wouldn’t touch Ben Arfa with a ten foot barge pole. Without doubt one of the most skillful and talented footballers to ever wear our shirt but he’s also one of the worst when it comes to attitude, application and workrate. With those traits he could have been right up there with Messi and Ronaldo, he certainly had the ability. Having a player who can change a game but only for a handful of games a season, and also one who can cause resentment in the dressing room but not pulling his weight just isn’t worth it. Team spirit is way more important.

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 23, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #5

    gotta say, those F.A written details don’t look conclusive to me!
    Also seems odd that Iorfa was the primary witness and had also clashed with Shelvey numerous times during that game before the incident…
    Can’t really judge as we’ll never know, but my feeling is Shelvey’s been done up like a kipper… On another note, regardless of what he said, he should be above getting involved in this stuff.. best player in the league, at the biggest and best team in the league, let his ability and our results do the talking, mouthing off at Wolves players because he earns triple what they do is just juvenile and shows a lack of class!

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 23, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #6

    On a positive note, can’t wait for Sheffield Wednesday! Some great memories of them in the past, huge club! Loved it when we beat them 4-2 in the rain under the lights, Mathie getting a goal! Was at that one! The who can forget Shearer getting 5 for Sir Bob against them!
    In a better world, the premier league would have less Burnleys, Bournemouths, Hulls and Middlesboros and would instead have Newcastle, Leeds, Villa and Sheffield Wednesday!

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