Fans will play an ‘important role’ in Huddersfield clash – says Carvalhal

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal is hoping that home advantage can help his side book a final berth at Wembley for the second season running.

The Owls take on Huddersfield in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg on Wednesday knowing that victory will take them back to the final after Sunday’s first leg at the John Smith’s Stadium ended 0-0.

A sell-out crowd is expected at Hillsborough and Carvalhal wants a repeat of the home leg of last season’s semi-final, where a raucous atmosphere helped Wednesday to a 2-0 win over Brighton.

“We understand that playing at home we must achieve what we want, the fans will give us a lot of energy,” the Portuguese said.

“Last season when we played Brighton at home our fans had a big impact on the game, we won 2-0 and had a fantastic performance. The crowd can have a big impact, it was the same at Huddersfield, they felt a big energy from their fans.

“Our fans are amazing, it will be sold out and they will play a very important role, but we must do our job of course.

“We know exactly what we must do. We have a final at Hillsborough, we will be ready. We must be focused and consistent.

“If you saw what we have achieved at Hillsborough and the results we have got, we win a lot more games at home than away. We are massively better at home.”

Wednesday will undoubtedly do more attacking than they did in the first leg, where they failed to muster a shot on target.

Carvalhal set up his side to contain Huddersfield and ensure the tie was still alive by the time they played in front of their fans.

It was mission accomplished in that respect and Owls defender Jack Hunt is expecting his side to get the job done on home soil.

“Hopefully it will be a special night in front of our fans under the lights and one where we come out on top,” the right-back said.

“We fancy ourselves at home. Definitely. Our crowd really get behind us and hopefully it will intimidate them and put them off their game.

“It might have been a little off day for us with the ball on Sunday but the clean sheet was very important and we are confident going back home playing in front of our fans.

“We as players know what we need to do. We will rest up now and go again on Wednesday. We will work a little bit on Tuesday on what we need to do better.”

Carvalhal hopes to be able to select Sam Hutchinson following injury but Gary Hooper looks set to remain out.

Marco Matias is suspended, though he would have been unlikely to feature anyway.