SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Mark Beevers backing Owls to prosper

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MARK Beevers believes that Sheffield Wednesday can outplay any team in the Championship if they maintain the standards they showed against Birmingham.

And he hopes to play his own part in a season of success for the Owls.

The 22-year-old defender seized his opportunity when he stood in for the injured Anthony Gardner in the impressive 3-2 win against Blues.

Beevers could well stay in the side with Gardner possibly ruled out again by a hamstring problem.

The Barnsley-born centre back relishes the prospect of two successive home games - against Millwall in the Championship on Saturday annd Fulham in the Capital One Cup next Tuesday.

“When you’re in my position you have have to wait for your opportunity; that’s what I’ve done,” he said. “It’s frustrating; thankfully my opportunity has come pretty early, and hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my shirt for the weekend,” said Beevers.

“We’ve got a lot of players in our squad, and when you get that shirt you have to earn it. I thought a lot of the boys did that.”

He felt that the Owls’ football against Birmingham could have brought them more goals.

“If we play like we did then we should have no problem whatsoever against any Championship team,” he said.

“The manager has said there’s nothing to fear in this league.

“We have a good squad. If we play like that, we’ll turn teams over. Birmingham are a big team. I thought we did really well.”

Jones has appeared to hint that summer signing Gardner will not make an instant return.

The Owls boss explained: “He’s got a little nick in his hamstring, which he had last Monday [at Oldham]. He got it again on Saturday. It’s pointless risking it. We don’t want him out for months and months.

“If it’s weeks and weeks, we’ll accept that, but months and months we don’t want.”