Owls star wants Hillsborough form to strike fear into visiting sides

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DEPUTY captain Lewis Buxton is promising that Wednesday will make life hard for MK Dons and any other teams who visit Hillsborough.

The Owls’ old frailty at home has looked a thing of the past as they have run up four Hillsborough wins this season.

League One leaders Dons could today present them with the most formidable test yet.

Buxton believes that if they pass it then it will be a clearer indication of the club’s promotion chances and strengthen the growing self-assurance of the players.

It would also do more to end the trend of last season when visiting sides at times seemed to revel in the Hillsborough atmosphere and raise their game.

Buxton says: “I think that maybe last season people were turning up in the massive stadium and enjoying playing there, but this season we are playing that well that they aren’t going to enjoy coming here.

“Any team that comes to Hillsborough, I think, is going to have a tough time,”

Gary Megson has tried to ensure that his team see playing at home, with a big crowd behind them, as an advantage rather than a cause for inhibitions, as it seemed in the past.

Buxton confirms: “It’s something the manager has instilled in the players.

“He has massive connections to the club previously so he is well aware, and makes sure everyone else is aware, of what it means to play for Sheffield Wednesday.

“MK Dons are a good side with a good young manager, so it’s not going to be an easy one.”

Buxton believes that the game will be a good indicator of how the Owls stand in relation to other teams in the division. “If we beat MK Dons it will give everyone confidence and belief,” he said.

Wednesday head into the game in ninth place.

Liam Palmer and Reda Johnson are back in the Owls squad after returning from international duty.

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