By Daniel Hall
Sheffield Wednesday made the long travel south to Brighton yesterday in preparation for their second leg of their crucial semi-final tonight.
The Owls visit the Amex Stadium with a two-goal advantage after a dazzling display in the first leg on Friday, which saw goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee give Wednesday the perfect chance to return to the Premier League.
Wednesday will fancy their chances of progressing, as Brighton has suffered a huge injury pile up in the first leg. Four of Brighton’s first team regulars are side-lined through injury, including their top three Championship scorers all unavailable.
Wednesday currently have no new injury concerns, as Gary Hooper and goal scorer Wallace were brought off to maintain their fitness for the game tonight.
Sheffield Wednesday manager, Carlos Carvalhal believes Friday’s performance was very special, ranking it up there with some of the finest he’s seen in his time in charge.
“I think we did one of the best performances of the season Friday, similar to the level that we played against Cardiff and Arsenal.”
We won the game but we have won nothing else yet, we need to play on Monday like the score is 0-0. We will prepare for this game exactly the same as every game we have played this season. There is no other way.”
The odds look stacked against Brighton as they are yet to even score a goal past Sheffield Wednesday this season, after two 0-0 draws earlier in the campaign.
However, the game is still in the balance as the away-goals rule doesn’t count, which means Brighton still only need to win by any two-goal margin to take it to extra time.
Chris Hughton, Brighton manager, still feels upbeat however, saying that the squad has the belief they can turn it around.
““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.”