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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND CARVALHAL

16 May 2016

Both managers look ahead to tonight's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON says tonight’s Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Sheffield Wednesday will be like a cup final and is urging his players to rise to the occasion.
 
Albion trail the Owls 2-0 after the first leg on Friday, but Hughton says there is more than enough belief within the squad to turn the situation around and reach Wembley.
 
He said, “We’re always confident at home, because you have to be, but we’re realistic enough to know it will be a tough task. You’re playing against a very good team in Sheffield Wednesday.
 
“We can draw something from the fact that after playing with ten men, it could have been even more of a difficult evening for us. Thankfully, they didn’t get the extra goals and it gives us a chance.
 
“There are certainly positives that they can gain from Friday and it’s a cup final. We know that, there was a great atmosphere at Hillsborough and we want to re-create that at the Amex and make a game of it.
 
“I don’t think it will be tough [to raise the players’ spirits], because they know what’s at stake. If we win by two or more goals, then we have a chance of getting to the final.
 
“There certainly won’t be a player in that changing room that won’t be up for it or won’t feel that they can do it."
 
Despite the injuries to four players in the first leg, Hughton remains confident that there is enough strength in depth within the squad to cope.
 
“Richie Towell came on as a sub and other than the cup game at Hull, has not featured at all. I thought he coped with that very well when he came on. Lewis Dunk will be back for Monday, which will be a plus for us and we have the likes of Jamie Murphy and James Wilson who can come into the side.”

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CARLOS CARVALHAL hailed a fine display from his Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night, but is taking nothing for granted going into tonight’s second leg.
 
The Owls boss ranked the performance alongside the victories over Cardiff and Arsenal from earlier in the season.
 
He told swfc.co.uk, “We did one of the best performances of the season. We played like we did against Cardiff and Arsenal.

“We wanted the team to be balanced and play with intensity and we did this very well.

“We won the game but we have won nothing else yet, we need to play on Monday like the score is 0-0.”

Despite going into tonight’s game with a healthy 2-0 lead, Carvalhal has urged his players to stay grounded and us fully aware of the threat posed by Brighton.
 
"We are absolutely and 100 per cent focused and ready to go. Brighton are a dangerous opponent, and they know what they must do.

“But we do also. And we are feeling good, feeling fresh mentally and physically.

“We will prepare for this game exactly the same as every game we have played this season. There is no other way.

“I do not even think about the final. I think 100 per cent about the second leg and we are going to Brighton to give our absolute best.”

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