Carlos Carvalhal believes Fernando Forestieri is not the only Sheffield Wednesday player who needs more protection from referees

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The Portuguese believes another of his strikers gets treated unfairly by officials.

Carlos Carvalhal believes Fernando Forestieri is not the only Sheffield Wednesday player that needs more protection from officials, as he feels that Atdhe Nuhiu is also subjected to unfair treatment from opponents, the Sheffield Star reports.

Forestieri will miss the Owls' clash with Rotherham on Saturday through suspension after a poor challenge on him saw the forward shown a second yellow card for diving during their recent encounter with Hull.

And with the Star reporting that it is likely to be Nuhiu that replaces him in the side, Carvalhal explained that the Austrian deserves a similar amount of protection to what Forestieri should have received against the Tigers.

"I feel exactly the same about Attey as I do Fernando. He doesn't get enough protection. Defenders do everything to him. When other players are fouled, they get free kicks," he told the Star.

Given the 26-year-old's height, it is hardly a surprise that opponents pinpoint him as a threat that they need to keep quiet as he is able to win balls in the air, and has shown on numerous occasions since moving to Hillsborough that he is more than capable of proving a threat when the ball is at his feet.

And given the physical presence he has, it is obviously difficult for defenders to make sure that he has little impact on the game, and thus, they seemingly have to utilise forceful tactics to try and ensure that he is not able to dominate. 

But it appears that after watching one of his strikers receive two controversial red cards in as many games, Carvalhal is desperate to ensure that when another incident occurs that requires action from the referee, it is not one of his players that receives the punishment. 

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