Sheffield Wednesday: Owls braced for tough Stags test

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Carlos Carvalhal, the Sheffield Wednesday boss, is wary of the threat Mansfield Town will pose in the first round of the Capital One Cup tomorrow night.

The Owls entertain the Stags looking to secure back-to-back home wins following Saturday’s impressive victory over Championship newcomers Bristol City.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal and owner Dejhon Chansiri

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal and owner Dejhon Chansiri

Carvalhal, formerly of Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas, has vowed to field a strong starting line-up against the League Two outfit.

Although the Portuguese was pleased with plenty of aspects of their performance versus the Robins, he insists there is more to come from his new boys.

Carvalhal, who has not ruled out handing debuts to new arrivals Rhoys Wiggins and Modou Sougou, said: “Not everything was perfect (against Bristol City). There are always things in football you can improve and do better. We were happy but we know there’s still a lot of hard work to do.”

He stressed: “I will put my best team out on Tuesday. It will be the players that can play 100%.

“We respect our opponents and will put our strongest team out that we have at the moment.

“We know it will be difficult. Mansfield are very organised. We respect them a lot. We know it will not be easy.

“They are a typical English team who are very dangerous from corners and long throw ins. We know how they can damage our team but we can see some weak points.”

Filipe Melo and Claude Dielna are unlikely to return to action for “one or two weeks” due to knee and toe injuries respectively, according to Carvalhal.

Mansfield manager Adam Murray, meanwhile, sees no reason why they can’t cause a cup upset.

“It is a game that we are going there to win,” he insisted. “It is a difficult one for us because, with playing Friday, we are losing a day of rest.

“The league is our priority this season and it is important we go into the Notts County game fresh.

“We want to give a good account of ourselves, but we will show the competition respect.”

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