Ross Wallace responds to suggestion that Sheffield Wednesday are over-reliant on Fernando Forestieri

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Steve Bruce had singled the 26-year-old out as the Championship side's talisman.

Sheffield Wednesday celebrate after the game

Ross Wallace has responded to Steve Bruce's praise for Fernando Forestieri by insisting that Sheffield Wednesday have several players capable of creating a moment of magic, the Sheffield Star reports.

Ahead of this weekend's Championship play-off final, the Hull boss pinpointed the 26-year-old as the Owls' talisman. But Wallace has dismissed any suggestion that the forward is solely responsible for all of their good work.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri shoots

"We have more than one or two match-winners," he told the Star.

"We have got guys in midfield and up front who can come up with a bit of quality whether that be an assist or goal."

Ross Wallace celebrates scoring the first goal for Sheffield Wednesday

Much of Wednesday's success this season has been built around the fact that Carlos Carvalhal has used all of his squad to ensure that they are as fresh as possible at this stage of the campaign.

That has meant that the likes of Wallace, Gary Hooper and Barry Bannan have had to take on the talisman role when the Portuguese has decided to rest Forestieri.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

And while the Argentine-born forward finished the campaign as the side's top goalscorer, it was Wallace that largely inspired the Owls to the play-off final, scoring in both legs to help Carvalhal's men beat previously automatic-promotion chasing Brighton in the semi-final.

And Wallace may be hoping that Bruce's words encourage his players to focus their attention on keeping Forestieri out of the game so the rest of the side can prove just how much of a threat they pose. 

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