VIDEO: Leeds will still feel pain of THAT result says Sheffield Wednesday’s Tom Lees

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It is fair to say last season’s drubbing of Leeds United at Hillsborough will live long in the memory of Wednesdayites.

But Tom Lees has warned his Owls team mates that Leeds will not have forgotten it either.

Lees is set for a reunion with his former Leeds team mates this weekend when they visit S6 in Saturday’s early kick off.

And he says the Owls’ 6-0 demolition of the Whites will be fresh in the memory of those still at the club.

“They won’t have forgotten,” Lees told the Star. “They will remember what happened last year.

“There are a few players who will still be in the team from that result.

“That game had a big, big impact in a lot of ways at the club.

“It was a real turning point in their season and things started to not go so well after that.”

Lees himself started for Leeds on that January date last season but was sacrificed at half time with the Owls 2-0 up. His replacement, striker Matt Smith, was sent off just two minutes into the second half.

Of those in the Leeds squad that day, Rodolph Austin, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Alex Cairns remain at the club.

Lees admits he does stay in touch with his former team mates but friendships will be put aside for the afternoon on Saturday.

He said: “I’ve got a few friends left there and it’ll be good to see them.

“You do keep in touch and see how they are doing but that will be forgotten for the afternoon and I’ll catch up with them afterwards.

“I’m really looking forward to the game.

“Whatever way you look at it, it’s going to be a big game.

“We’re fairly close to each other in the league.

“The manager has mentioned before about trying to be the top team in Yorkshire so that’s what’s at stake.

“It is a local derby so it will be a big day.

“They are two famous sides. It’s strange that they are playing each other in the Championship but that’s how it is at the moment.”

The 24-year-old started his career at Elland Road, arriving at the age of eight and remaining with the club until last summer when he joined Wednesday.

And it is clear he still has a strong affinity for the club.

He is full of praise for the work manager Neil Redfearn has done in the ever-difficult circumstances at the West Yorkshire club.

“I think he’s done very well,” Lees said. “When he took over they were in a sticky situation.

“They were right in it and people were maybe talking about them being in a relegation battle.

“They are well clear of that now and playing good football.

“I like the way they play and have got some good players coming through so credit to him.”

He admits his close relationship with his former club, built over 14 years, will make Saturday afternoon a difficult one for his family.

But he insists he will not struggle with the occasion.

And Lees says his friends – many of whom support the Whites – are desperate to be at Hillsborough.

He said: “I don’t think the family will enjoy it too much. It will be a difficult day for them.

“I’m sure the family will be a bit nervous for me.

“My family originate from Birmingham. They’re not Leeds fans but all my friends are so I’ll be getting pestered for tickets.

“I’ll approach it as a normal game and I don’t think it’s a big issue.”