Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees is hoping history doesn’t repeat itself when the Owls take on league leaders Nottingham Forest this afternoon, live on Sky Sports.
For the last time Lees played in a televised match, his Leeds United side were hammered 6-0!
But Lees, now enjoying a resurgence of form under Stuart Gray at Hillsborough, wouldn’t mind a similar outcome today - as the comprehensive winners that day back in January were Wednesday.
“The gaffer [Gray] doesn’t stop reminding me about that one,” Lees smiled.
“It was a bad day, but I have to look at it positively - that is what Sheffield Wednesday are capable of doing to teams.
“Hopefully I can be part of something like that, this time.”
Given Forest’s unbeaten start to the season, which has seen them win three and draw one of their four games to date, another 6-0 Wednesday win would seem unlikely.
But Gray’s men have started the campaign well, too and with Lees forming a promising partnership with Glenn Loovens, they too are unbeaten in sixth - and will go top, albeit briefly, with victory in the day’s early game (12.15pm kick off).
“It’s been a really good start for us,” 23-year-old Lees added.
“And I couldn’t be more grateful, for how all the players and staff have welcomed me.
“It’s been a good club to join and I am really enjoying it so far. But Forest is a real test for us as they have a really good attacking threat.
“They have got strength out wide, and the two forwards are good. But we are going into it in good form and I am sure we will be up for the game.”
Saturday’s game is Wednesday’s last before the two-week international break, and could pit them against former forward Michail Antonio if Forest’s £1.5m man shakes off a groin problem.
“It’s funny that a game should fall, between two unbeaten sides who are doing well, just before an international break,” Lees continued.
“The season’s still very early and we’ve started well, but that will count for nothing if we don’t build on it.
“This game is a good opportunity for us to put a marker down and show what we are about.
“We can enjoy one big push before the international break, get our injured players back fit and then go again.
“I don’t think anyone expected us to go into the international break unbeaten but if we could, then that would be massive.”