Sheffield Wednesday 2016/17 Season
League Position: 4th - lost to Huddersfield in the Play-Off Semi-Finals (2015/16: 6th - lost to Hull City in the Play-Off Final)
Average home league attendance: 27,129 (2015/16: 22,641)
Top league goalscorer: Fernando Forestieri (12)
It was yet another agonisingly close season for Wednesday fans, as a second Play-Off defeat in a row was the end result of a campaign fought near the top. This season was ended at one stage earlier than the last, with Huddersfield defeating them across two legs and then penalties.
They got off to a poor start, only winning once in August before stepping it up a gear and improving dramatically as the year went on. By Christmas The Owls were sixth, where they would later finish the season.
At the end of March, after a 2-0 defeat to fellow promotion-hunters Reading, Fulham were only a point behind them but Leeds were also in free fall. Cut to a month later and the side were still hanging on to a play-off place, while Fulham and Leeds had swapped. Luckily, the momentum at Elland Road dropped away and Wednesday pushed on to secure a place in the top six.
They then lost to Huddersfield Town, now a Premier League side, by the narrowest of margins across two legs. Danny Ward, the Town keeper, was the hero as he saved two penalties to once again deny Wednesday a trip to the top flight.
Carlos Carvalhal was a player in his native Portugal for Clubs like Braga, Porto and Chaves before moving into coaching. After a decade managing in his homeland, he finally branched out to Besiktas in Turkey. Then in 2015, following a three-year break from the game, he was appointed boss of Wednesday.
In his first season, he pushed the team as far as the Play-Offs while also dumping Arsenal out of the League Cup with a 3-0 win seeing them through to the Quarter-Finals. He added faces from Portugal in Marco Matias, Lucas Joao and Jonatas Centeno as well as welcoming Fernando Forestieri from Watford.
Last year saw further ex-Hornets join the side, Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil both part of the Watford promotion push at the end of 2015. He told the Yorkshire Post: "One season is not easy to put the team in the playoffs and to do it twice is much more difficult because of expectations, and I think we did well this season again."
Last Time Round
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 10
Wednesday wins: 13