Carvalhal keeps feet on ground

17 May 2017 06:15:19 EST

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal is refusing to accept that his side are favourites to progress to the Championship play-off final.

The Owls were beaten by Hull City in last season's final and will play Reading later this month at Wembley if they can get past Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.

The first leg on Sunday in West Yorkshire was a goalless draw and the Owls are 5/1 to win the second leg 1-0 with Gary Hooper 5/2 to score at any time in the encounter.

Reading edged past Fulham in the other semi-final and Jaap Stam's side can be backed at 6/5 to be promoted to the Premier League.

Carvalhal told The Sheffield Star: "I have my feet on the floor. We still have a job to do.

"There are 90 minutes to play where we must play very serious and consistent and try to achieve a good victory.

"But we don't play alone and we have a hard job to do on Wednesday but we are optimistic because we are playing at Hillsborough. Let's do our jobs. Let's achieve something special."

Carvalhal could change his side for the second leg with Sam Hutchinson, Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes all pushing for starts.

The Wednesday boss added: "We made three substitutions on Sunday with a strategy and we have other players who have recovered."

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