Carlos Carvalhal defends Atdhe Nuhiu after Sheffield Wednesday striker's missed penalty

The Austrian squandered the chance to give the Owls the lead during their Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Carlos Carvalhal has defended Atdhe Nuhiu after the striker missed a penalty during Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 26-year-old had the chance to put the Owls in front during the early stages of the second-half after Gary Hooper was brought down by Nedum Onuoha, but his spot-kick was saved. And while the Austrian was able to get on the scoresheet soon after, it proved to only be an equaliser as Daniel Tozser had given the Hoops the lead 10 minutes after the missed penalty. 

But his manager supported the forward, and suggested that he deserves some credit for the goal he did score.

"He scored against Brentford earlier in the season. We win and lose together. He did well for his goal and showed a lot of character after the penalty. He fought until the last minute like all the team," he told the Star.

With top goalscorer Fernando Forestieri suspended for the game against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side, Nuhiu would have known that the encounter with the Hoops would have been the perfect opportunity to prove to his manager that he is still deserving of a regular spot in the side.

While he has started plenty of games since the turn of the year, that has often been because Carvalhal has deployed Forestieri in a deeper role, whether that be in the middle or out on the wing. But with the Owls now without a win in their last two games, the Portuguese may decide that he needs his most prolific scorer up front alongside Gary Hooper, which may see Nuhiu relegated to the bench for their next game. 

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