Carlos Carvalhal highlights what will benefit Sheffield Wednesday after Bristol City defeat

The Owls coach insists the fact that his side do not play in midweek will do them good after they lost 4-1 at Ashton Gate.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has told the Sheffield Star that he is glad his side did not face a quick turnaround after Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Bristol City.

After going six matches since 23 February without conceding a goal, the Owls suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against the struggling Robins to leave them in sixth place in the Championship table with just five matches left to play.

Whilst Wednesday play in the middle of next week, they do not play again after Saturday's dismal loss until they host Ipswich Town at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Some managers would have liked to see their players thrown straight back into action after such a loss, but Carvalhal insists that he is glad his side have a whole empty week to regroup.

The Portuguese coach told the Sheffield Star: "In this case, it is probably not a bad thing we have to wait a little to get it out of our system. It gives us time to breathe a little and prepare carefully for the next game with energy.

"My message [at full-time] was very clear. We lost one game. We lost three points but in the second half, we played like ourselves. I want everybody to stay together. The message was ‘we are here and we are with you, our fans are with us and we will react for the next game’.

"Everybody prefers to play at home. It will be nice to be back at Hillsborough. With our fans at Hillsborough, we will give a good answer in the next two important games we have got."

Carvalhal will be desperate to see his side recover immediately as they look to ensure that their sustained play-off challenge does not fizzle out in the remaining weeks of the season.

The Yorkshire side have seen their hopes of automatic promotion evaporate despite winning four league matches in row before Saturday's thrashing, but they do remain five points clear of Cardiff City in the final play-off spot.

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