Sheffield Wednesday: Beevers eyes Nuhiu clash

New striker Atdhe Nuhiu will be up against Wednesday old boy Mark Beevers on Saturday
New striker Atdhe Nuhiu will be up against Wednesday old boy Mark Beevers on Saturday
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Hillsborough old boy Mark Beevers is preparing for a battle with the Owls giant new striker Atdhe Nuhiu.

The 6ft 6ins centre forward will be something new for Beevers when he face his former club on Saturday.

But the ex-Owls centre half says that he and his Millwall team-mates will be ready.

Beevers told The Star: “I’ve heard about about this big guy: we’ll look at that and adapt to it. We’ll be doing our homework.”

He and his burly centre-back partner Danny Shittu could try to produce the kind of of rugged defending that Nuhiu encountered at Leeds last Saturday.

Owls boss Dave Jones believes that the Austrian can be a goal-scoring success in the Championship after his arrival from Rapid Vienna and is beginning to adjust to the physical side of the English game.

Jones told the Star: “Atdhe got a bit of a battering in the Leeds game but he’s getting used to the style of play in this country, where he gets the sort of challenges he wouldn’t get back home.”

Nuhiu is looking for his second goal for Wednesday.

Millwall have failed to score in three league defeats this season and have not won in the Championship in eight games dating back to last April.

Beevers shares the view of new manager Steve Lomas that the Lions have been making chances: “It’s not that we’re a team who aren’t doing anything up front; we’re just firing blanks. Hopefully that will change.”

He played against the Owls in their 2-1 win at the New Den last season and is relishing a return to his former club::

“I played for Wednesday for years but I’ve never played against them at Hillsborough. It’s exciting.”

Ex-Wednesday keeper Stephen Bywater will be out to make a mark on Saturday as well

Beevers added: “Like me, he maybe needed a change.

“He started on the bench but in the first game our keeper (David Forde) got injured so he got in the team; he’s enjoying it at Millwall as well.”

Forde suffered a knee problem in an opening-day 1-0 defeat by Yeovil at the New Den.

Bywater played in a 2-1 home Capital One Cup win against Wimbledon, and 3-0 and 1-0 defeats by Ipswich and Huddersfield respectively.

In joining the Lions, the keeper was reunited with new manager Steve Lomas, who was a colleague at West Ham.

But Beevers was signed by Kenny Jackett, who resigned in May and is now in charge at Wolves.

Beevers said: “On a personal level, I was sad to see him go. He played me every week and he filled me with confidence. These things happen; managers resign - as he did - or are sacked. But it’s a chance for a new manager, I’m sure things will pick up for us. We need to get off the mark. It’s early days yet.”

Wednesday have been linked with Montenegro striker Andrija Delibasic of Spanish club Rayo Vallecano but can sign no-one until players are offloaded.