Sheffield Wednesday defender Joe Mattock has warned his team mates that Leeds United will be out for revenge when the Owls take on their Yorkshire rivals at Elland Road on Saturday.
When the sides last met, at Hillsborough in January, Stuart Gray’s men hammered six past the beleagured United which Mattock admitted would have caused them some ‘embarassment’.
Indeed, it was a lot worse than that as boss at the time, Brian McDermott, said immediately afterwards: “In a local derby, it is a public humiliation as far as I’m concerned. That was unbelievable.”
Left back Mattock was an unused substitute on the day, watching from the bench as Reda Johnson, Atdhe Nuhiu, Connor Wickham, Chris Maguire and Caolan Lavery (2) all put Leeds to the sword.
However, he will most likely start on Saturday and is in no doubt that the thrashing will still be fresh in the memory of those Leeds players who took part - five of whom were in the squad which lost 2-0 last last week to Brentford, in new manager Darko Milanic’s first match in charge.
Mattock said: “We are looking forward to it. It’s going to be a big match and the atmosphere will be unbelievable. We will be up for it and hopefully we will get a win.
“Hopefully it will be a similar outcome to the last time we played them! We are going to stick together and not let the Ipswich result bother us.
“We are going to take the positives out of it and hopefully we will get the three points for the team and for the fans.
“(The 6-0 defeat) was a bit of an embarrassment for them,” added the 24 year old.
“There is no doubt about it that they will come out of the traps quickly.
“They have been good this year and are a strong side. They are going to be up for it but so will we.”
Wednesday haven’t won their last two league games, having lost to Cardiff City last Saturday and then drawn 1-1 with Ipswich at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.
Mattock isn’t concerned about a slide down the table though, as he maintains that the squad continue to push forward and aim as high as they can, with a play-off place not being ruled out.
“The only way is up for me and the rest of the team. There is no doubt we can keep pushing. We have had a good start.
“We don’t want to be dropping into the bottom half of the table.
“I think we have a strong enough side to be in the top six. For me, that’s realistic.”