Sheffield Wednesday defender Jack Hunt hails Carvalhal after upturn in form

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal before the match

The 25-year-old had been dropped earlier in the season but was back in the team for the win over Bristol City

Sheffield Wednesday's Jack Hunt in action with Hull City's Andrew Robertson

Sheffield Wednesday's Jack Hunt in action with Hull City's Andrew Robertson

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Jack Hunt has hailed Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal and credited the Portuguese manager with inspiring an improvement in both himself and the team.

After starting the first four league games of the season for the Owls, Hunt was dropped following the home defeat to Leeds and sat out the matches against Brentford and Wigan. 

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos CarvalhalSheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

The full-back returned to the starting XI for the dramatic victory over Bristol City at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening, and spoke about how a talk with the boss made all the difference during his spell out of the team.

“The manager has been brilliant with me," Hunt told the Sheffield Star. "Carlos spoke to me after the Leeds game and he thought that my confidence looked low and I was a little bit negative with the football."

“I did feel that which is why he left me out but it was nice to put in a good performance against Bristol. Hopefully I can kick on now." he continued.

The 25-year-old - who joined Wednesday permanently in the summer after making 32 league starts in a successful loan spell from Crystal Palace last season - went on to explain how Carvalhal inspired the Owls' superb comeback against Bristol City.

Wednesday went in 2-0 down at half-time, but the defender admitted that the manager did not bring out the hairdryer treatment in the dressing room.

“At half-time, the manager chose not to scream and shout," he said. He didn’t think that would help anybody. We knew we had to go out, believe in ourselves, play our football, trust in our teammates and get an early goal."

That was exactly what they did as Steven Fletcher headed in from a corner to find the net for the second consecutive game. Barry Bannan's long-range effort and Kieran Lee's superbly taken injury time strike completed an excellent comeback and ensured the Owls earned back-to-back victories for the first time since April.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan applauds the fansSheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan scored the equaliser against Bristol City

This weekend, Wednesday head to Birmingham in search of their first away win of the season. The Owls have emerged victorious on their last two visits to St. Andrew's, with a Gary Hooper brace in the space of three minutes securing a 2-1 win in February's encounter. 

A remarkably tight Championship table means that there is just one point separating Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday despite the gap in league position; Blues sit fifth with Wednesday down in 11th.

The inconsistency which has plagued several teams in the early stages of this campaign means the Owls could end the weekend in the play-off places with a win, and the top six is certainly the aim for Carvalhal's men after their successful season last time out.

Che Adams scores the first goal for Sheffield UnitedFormer Sheffield United striker Che Adams is set to line up against Wednesday this weekend

Former Wednesday winger Jacques Maghoma is set to feature for the hosts, while Che Adams - signed from Wednesday's cross-city rivals Sheffield United in the summer - is likely to come in for some stick from the away end for his Blades connections and will have a point to prove.

The Owls, meanwhile, will have to shuffle their defence after Sam Hutchinson's red card in the win over Bristol City. Club captain Glenn Loovens could come in for his first start of the season, but Vincent Sasso impressed off the bench in midweek and is also pushing for an appearance in the starting XI.

Will Carvalhal's men come back from Birmingham with three points for the third consecutive season? Leave your predictions below.

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