Sheffield Wednesday: Opponents ‘always up for’ Hillsborough trips insists Tom Lees

Tom Lees feels that sides relish coming to Hillsborough
Tom Lees feels that sides relish coming to Hillsborough
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Opponents raise their level of performance when they come to Hillsborough.

That is the view of Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees as they prepare to entertain second-placed Bournemouth tonight.

Owls have won just once in their own backyard this season, hitting a paltry three goals in seven Championship outings.

Thirteen of their 20 points have come on the road but Lees believes the fixture list has not been kind to Stuart Gray’s men. Tonight’s meeting with Bournemouth will be their sixth clash against a top-10 side this season.

Lees told The Star: “We have played a lot of good teams at home and we haven’t lost that many. We have to create more chances at home and give ourselves a chance to win games.

“Teams raise their game when they come to our place. Hillsborough is an intimidating place to come. It’s a big ground and teams will up be for it. They know we have been unbeaten so coming to Hillsborough is a scalp.

“We are always prepared right. We have to keep making chances, get the ball in the box and we will win a game soon enough.”

Former Leeds defender Lees has starred alongside skipper Glenn Loovens throughout the 2014/15 campaign, helping the Owls record nine clean sheets in all competitions.

“I really enjoy playing with Glenn,” he said. “It’s great. He’s a top player and a really good captain. It’s a pleasure to play alongside him.

“He’s an experienced player, who has played in different countries but one of his main characteristics is that he’s a good guy off the pitch which is important when you are the captain.

“I’ve learned a lot of things since I’ve joined the club from him but we have also got team mates helping us out.

“Whether it’s the full backs or Westy, who has been brilliant this season and the midfielders who protect us during games.”

Bournemouth moved up to second in the table after Saturday’s 3-2 home victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in front of the Sky cameras. The Cherries are also through to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup for the first time in their history.

Midfielder Harry Arter said: “Nobody is getting carried away. We must not lose sight of what has got us into second and need to try to maintain it.”