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Sheffield Wednesday boss plays down promotion talk

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has cooled talk of a promotion challenge as they made it seven Championship games unbeaten with a 2-1 success at Rotherham.

Carvalhal has made an immediate impact. Credit: PA

The Owls moved onto the cusp of the top six with a win that was inspired by two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half.

Lucas Joao put them ahead just 34 seconds after the restart and Fernando Forestieri made it two in the 50th minute, ensuring the Owls remain unbeaten at Rotherham in the league since 1976.

Optimism is high at Hillsborough after an impressive start to the campaign, but Carvalhal is keen to temper expectations.

He said:

It's amazing how in three months we have changed a lot of things, but we are still in the process. The players are doing fantastic, they follow our ideas, they have an amazing attitude, they are playing like a group.

There are probably 10 or 12 teams better than us in this competition and we have to show on the pitch that we can fight with these teams and let's see what we can do. I still think we can do better.

We will fight game by game to do our best. There are teams more ready than us. But what we can do is that we are one of 12 teams that are fighting for the top six. Some teams are stronger than others.

– Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Poor Newcastle dumped out of League Cup

Siem De Jong missed some good chances. Credit: PA

Lewis McGugan piled further misery on Steve McClaren as Sky Bet Championship Sheffield Wednesday dumped Barclays Premier League Newcastle out of the Capital One Cup.

A Wednesday side featuring 10 changes to the one which started Saturday's 3-2 victory over Fulham secured a famous 1-0 victory at St James' Park with the Magpies, who have publicly reversed their recent policy of dismissing the domestic cup competitions as an irrelevance, turning in another dreadful display.

McClaren's men did not manage a single shot of note on target over 90 soul-sapping minutes and have now won just one of the eight games they have contested so far this season with League Two Northampton their only victims in the last round of the same competition.


Former England goalkeeper dies aged 80

Ron Springett earned 33 international caps. Credit: PA

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Ron Springett has died aged 80, former club Sheffield Wednesday have said.

The Owls said Springett, who made 384 appearances in their colours, had passed after a short illness.

While he did not win any of his 33 England caps during the 1966 World Cup, the Londoner was one of the squad members given a medal in 2009 after FIFA introduced a rule to reward all members of World Cup-winning squads.

Prior to the 1966 World Cup, Springett had been England's first-choice at the 1962 tournament in Chile.

Hooper rejects Sheff Weds move over VIP box

Gary Hooper will be staying with Norwich for now. Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper turned down the chance to join Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan as the club refused to give him a VIP box for games.

Having agreed to pay Hooper's wages in full on top of a £500,000 loan fee, the former Celtic man backed out of the deal, as The Owls wouldn't throw in a VIP box, worth £30,000 a year, according to the Sheffield Star.

Without the use of a VIP box for Hooper's family and friends on matchdays, the striker decided against the move and will now stay at Carrow Road.

Hooper has since tweeted the words "Not true", but doesn't indicate what this in connection with.

Leeds come back to beat Sheffield Wednesday

Steve Morison bagegd the winner. Credit: PA

Leeds United ran out 2-1 winners against Sheffield Wednesday in a hotly contested Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

The visitors had to come from behind to win after Chris Maguire's controversial first half penalty. However, second half goals from Charlie Taylor and Steve Morison ensured Leeds claimed their first win in six matches.


Sheffield Wednesday dent Middlesbrough promotion hopes

Will Keane, centre, got the second. Credit: PA

Atdhe Nuhiu bagged his fourth goal in three games against Middlesbrough to help Sheffield Wednesday to a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship victory at Hillsborough.

The Austrian striker, who scored twice at the Riverside earlier in the season and the winner in the home game against Boro last year, converted a 52nd-minute penalty to open the scoring.

On-loan Manchester United striker Will Keane headed in the second three minutes later to seal the points and inflict a second defeat in three games on Wednesday's high-flying opponents.

Man United defender joins Sheffield Wednesday

Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have completed the signing of defender Marnick Vermijl from Man United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23 year-old former Belgium under-21 international joined United's youth academy from Standard Liege in 2010, but made just two competitive appearances for the Red Devils in the League Cup.

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