Sheffield Wednesday: Owls can take pride in defensive record

Owls Tom Lees beats Wigan's James McClean
Owls Tom Lees beats Wigan's James McClean
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Sheffield Wednesday should take a lot of pride from having the second best defensive record in the Championship, according to centre-back Tom Lees.

The Owls have shipped in a meagre 15 goals in 19 league fixtures, recording nine shut-outs this season. Only Middlesbrough (14) have conceded fewer.

Lees told The Star: “We are really proud, as a defensive unit, of the amount of clean sheets we have kept. It is fantastic and has given us a chance to get points on the board. We have not been scoring as freely as we would like so it’s kept us in games.”

Next up for Wednesday is a trip to sixth-placed Blackburn Rovers tomorrow and Lees is determined for the side to maintain their defensive solidity at Ewood Park.

The former Leeds United player said: “It will be a really big test. Blackburn are a very strong team. They have got a lot of good players in their starting eleven and on the bench. It is a tough place to go and get a result.

“We have to give them respect because they are one of the form teams in the league. But we are a match for any team on our day. We have done well on the road and only lost once.

“We need to keep being tight at the back as they’ve got a lot of attacking threats. If we hit the heights we did earlier on in the season, we can go there and get a result.”

Victory for Wednesday would see them close the gap on Blackburn to three points.

“The difference between the top six teams in this league and the sides below is tiny,” said Lees. “It’s fine margins at this level.

“There are a couple of games which we could easily have won and then we would be in and around the top six.”