Sheffield Wednesday: Tom Lees hails owls after fixture “madness”

Tom Lees leads out the Owls against QPR

Tom Lees leads out the Owls against QPR

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Centre-back Tom Lees has praised Wednesday’s strength in depth following their “ridiculous” recent schedule.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on Saturday to move up to fifth in the Championship.

Tom Lees at an Owls corner

Tom Lees at an Owls corner

It was the Owls’ third match in the space of seven days, which included a midweek trip to Cardiff City.

“We were really good (against QPR),” Lees told The Star. “We looked like a team who have been playing well and full of confidence in the first half.

“I think in the second half the week probably caught up with us a bit because it has been ridiculous with the long journeys and the difference in times the teams are getting to recover compared to us.

“It is madness to organise Cardiff away on a Wednesday night. Coupled together with the fact that we played on Sunday and then the following Saturday again makes it really difficult.

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“But we didn’t want to use the schedule as an excuse and I don’t think we did.

“We can be pleased as sometimes you’ve just got to grind out the results. We showed what we are definitely capable of in the first half and in the second we showed our grit to see it out.”

Against QPR, Carvalhal shuffled his pack, bringing in Cameron Dawson for the injured Keiren Westwood, Jack Hunt, Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri.

Lees said: “It shows that we have good spirit and good strength in depth as well.

“We can make changes if people are tired or pick up injuries. It says a lot about the squad and I think we are starting to get a little bit of consistency and we have just got to carry it on.

“People are looking at us as a big team and if we are going to be labelled a big team, we have got to have the consistency of a big team.”

Sheffield Wednesday: Tom Lees hails Owls after fixture madness

Carvalhal was full of praise for his team after seeing them secure a sixth victory in their last nine outings.

“My players have been unbelievable this week against very difficult teams,” he stressed. “We deserved to win the three games. “QPR were a very tough, offensive team.

“We missed a lot of chances. It could have finished 4-2 or 5-2 to our side. We played compact and respected QPR.

“I’m very happy about what my players did; it was special today.”

On Westwood’s absence, Carvalhal added: “Keiren was still feeling pain in his back so we didn’t want to take any risks.”

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