Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 2: Owls boss Carlos points to imbalance of fitness levels

Carlos Carvalhal.
Carlos Carvalhal.
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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY coach Carlos Carvalhal lamented a lack of fitness in light of Saturday’s 2-0 loss at home to Leeds United.

Three of United’s 10 summer signings combined 20 minutes into the second half as Hadi Sacko’s interplay with Luke Ayling preceded a cross to new striker Marcus Antonsson, who nodded into an empty net for the game’s first goal. As Wednesday instinctively pushed forward, gaps were left in behind for another new signing, ex-Oxford forward Kemar Roofe, to play a low cross into Chris Wood who slotted in his second goal in as many games to seal the win five minutes from time

Coach Carlos Carvalhal said: “This is a disappointing result after a good start to the season with the performances against Aston Villa and Norwich. The game was very physical today and although we ran a lot, we didn’t necessarily run properly.

“The balance of the squad at the minute is not 100 percent, some players are fitter than others after pre-season, but this cannot be an excuse.

“We had strong momentum going into the Burton game (in midweek) and we were playing good football, but I think that loss made our confidence and our energy suffer. “We wanted the same performance today as we had against Villa and Norwich but it wasn’t the case. It was important to score the first goal today and although we made a number of chances in the first half we didn’t do that. We responded well after conceding and created three or four chances, but fell victim to the counter-attack from Leeds.”