Carlos Carvalhal discusses whether Sheffield Wednesday's current position has surprised him at all

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The Owls are currently sixth in the Championship heading into the final part of the season.

Carlos Carvalhal has insisted that he is not surprised by Sheffield Wednesday's current position in the Championship, despite them not beginning the season as one of the promotion favourites, the Sheffield Star reports.

The Owls went into this campaign off the back of a mid-table finish and with a new manager, with the club's hierarchy handing the Portuguese his first opportunity in England, so it is little surprise that they were not up there with the likes of Middlesbrough and Burnley as teams that everyone expected to be challenging for promotion.

And while their form at the start of the season suggested that those pre-season predictions would be accurate - as Wednesday won just one of their opening seven league games - their performances since then have seen them move into play-off contention, as with eight games to go they sit sixth. 

But despite the slow start, Carvalhal claimed that Wednesday's form has not shocked him.

"We are maturing as a team and the position we have at the moment, we deserve. If we talk about the process, what we are doing game-by-game we deserve what we have at this moment," he told the Star.

"Let's see what we will deserve in the future because eight games remain and game-by-game we will try and do our best and let’s see at the end what we can do.

"It's not a big surprise [to be in the top six] but I am still thinking there are teams that started the season in better conditions than us but during the process we are outsiders, we come in from the right and we are in a good position."

While it may have been a surprise initially to see the club battling near the top of the table, their exciting, attacking brand of football - only Burnley and Fulham have scored more times than the Owls this term - and the way that they have progressed throughout the campaign means that it would definitely not be a surprise if they keep their place in the top six come the end of the season. 

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