Owls centre-back Tom Lees has urged Sheffield Wednesday’s stars to ease the pressure on their misfiring forward line.
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves was the seventh time the Owls have fired blanks in 11 Championship fixtures at Hillsborough this season.
Scotland international Stevie May spurned a number of opportunities to add to his five-goal tally against Wolves, who triumphed thanks to a late strike by Wednesday old boy Leon Clarke, while his strike partner Atdhe Nuhiu is enduring a goal drought, having failed to find the back of the net since the end of September.
But Lees refuses to solely blame May and Nuhiu for their goal-scoring deficiencies, insisting other departments of the team must start producing if the Owls are to finish the year in the top half of the table.
He told The Star: “We are all behind Stevie. No one is getting on his back or having a a go at him. We give each other constructive criticism.
“We have got every faith in Stevie and Attey. That’s not an issue. No one is falling out over the lack of goals.
“The only way we are going to get better at it is if we address it and do something about it.
“You can’t pin it all on the strikers. We have not scored enough from set pieces. We have to contribute more from that area. We have to keep providing the strikers with chances.”
Lees claims their finishing let them down versus Wolves, who leapfrogged them into 12th position, and the defender is calling on the team to respond in a positive manner when they head to Fulham this weekend.
He said: “Fulham will be a massive game. We talked about getting a good haul from these three games. We need to be cemented in that top half when the New Year comes around.”
“We have to pick ourselves up and get ready for it. Fulham got a good result at Leeds so they will be confident.”