Carlos Carvalhal pleased for Sheffield Wednesday star Gary Hooper after striker ends goal drought

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The forward had previously gone six Championship games without a goal.

Carlos Carvalhal has admitted that he was very pleased with Gary Hooper after the striker scored twice in Sheffield Wednesday's victory over Cardiff to end his lengthy wait for a goal, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 28-year-old - who became a father in the build-up to the game at Hillsborough - was able to bag a brace in the crucial 3-0 win to end a run of six matches without a goal. And Carvalhal explained that considering everything that has been happening off the pitch in Hooper's life, the fact that he scored against the Bluebirds was a great achievement.

"The last two weeks have not been easy for Gary because he was worrying all the time about when the baby would come. His partner had the baby last week so he's very happy and he put in a performance that we expect from him against Cardiff," he told the Star.

"He's a fantastic player and we are very happy with him."

With the victory securing the Owls' spot in the top six, Carvalhal will be delighted that one of the team's key men has rediscovered their goalscoring form ahead of the play-offs.

Wednesday are guaranteed to face whichever side finishes third in the table, so will undoubtedly be in for a tough challenge if they hope to book a place at Wembley.

And had Hooper gone into the additional games still enduring a drought, the Portuguese may have had concerns regarding whether it would be the right decision to play him. 

But with the former Celtic man providing a reminder of what he is capable of at a crucial stage of the campaign, Carvalhal will surely have few doubts that Hooper will be one of the men that could take Wednesday up.

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