SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: The case for the defence

Confident: Mark Beevers says the defence is doing well
Confident: Mark Beevers says the defence is doing well
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MARK Beevers says a change of luck will see Sheffield Wednesday starting to keep clean sheets.

The Owls have enjoyed a good start to the season with just one defeat in their opening six matches in all competitions. However, with the exception of the Fulham Capital One Cup clash, when the Premier League club failed to score, Wednesday have conceded two goals in every game.

Far from being worried the 22-year-old, who made his debut for the first team when he was just 17, said the overall display of the defence had been good. He told The Star: “Take the Crystal Palace match (a 2-1 defeat) I don’t think Chris Kirkland (the Owls ‘keeper) had much to do.

“In fact he’s not really been that busy in most of the matches. He’s been great when he’s had to be and made some top saves.

“The way we have given goals away has been more down to mental errors more than anything.

“If we make a mistake we have been punished, which we can expect at this level. I don’t think we’ve had much luck either. If we sort out the mistakes that are being punished and get a bit of luck then I think we’ll be fine.”

Friday night at Brighton is Beevers and his teammates’ first chance to play after seeing their 19 match unbeaten run come to an end at Palace 11 days ago.

The 6’4” centre half said: “The run wasn’t something we talked about.

“The stats take care of themselves if we put in good performances. We should have won at Crystal Palace; we can’t dwell on it we need to focus on Brighton now.”