Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has played down his side’s chances of a top-two finish in the Championship this season, citing the strength of his side's fellow contenders, the Sheffield Star report.
The Portuguese boss feels that Middlesbrough, Hull City, Burnley, Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County are all stronger as they boast an unbeaten record against the Owls.
"We don’t want to put expectations on nobody. To win something, we must run and fight a lot in this competition and we don’t want to lose our focus. We have to focus on one step at a time," Carvalhal explained.
"There are better teams in the competition than us. Middlesbrough, Hull, Burnley, Brighton and Derby are very strong. When we have played against those sides, we haven’t beaten them."
Wednesday have surged up the table in recent months, having gone from more than 12 points off the top two to now sitting in fifth position and just five points shy of second-placed Middlesbrough.
Carvalhal’s side have lost only three of their last 25 league matches and a run of five wins and two draws has seen them go from promotion outsiders to genuine contenders heading in to the business end of the campaign.
However, their record against fellow top six sides isn’t great, having drawn four and lost three of their seven matches to date against the likes of Boro, Hull, Burnley, Brighton and Derby.
Wednesday have faced all of their promotion rivals at home and now have Hull, Brighton and the Rams left to face on their travels which will be a huge test of their credentials.
Derby’s poor form could see them drop out of the top six before long but Wednesday’s chances of a top-two finish are slim with Hull, Burnley and Brighton also boasting impressive unbeaten runs of late.