Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Terrific pro’ Tom Lees marks Owls return with goal

Tom Lees made his long-awaited comeback against Huddersfield
Tom Lees made his long-awaited comeback against Huddersfield
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Tom Lees marked his first appearance in Owls colours in almost three months with a goal as the development squad slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Huddersfield Town.

The centre-half, who recently returned to full training after recovering from a long-standing groin problem, was given a run-out in the Under-23s clash yesterday.

Lees played an hour and got on the scoresheet in the second half.

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Neil Thompson, the Wednesday Under-23s boss, told The Star: “It was important for Tom to get 60 minutes under his belt as he has been out for a long time.

“He came through okay. Tom is a terrific professional and he approached the game in the manner that we expected.”

Tom Lees back in action after a long term injury for the U23'a at Huddersfield.

Tom Lees back in action after a long term injury for the U23'a at Huddersfield.

The Terriers deservedly led two nil at half-time after strikes by Dominic Tear and Regan Booty.

But Wednesday fought back and Lees reduced their arrears, tapping home from close range after Huddersfield failed to clear a corner. Lees was then withdrawn.

Substitute Olly Dyson restored the Terriers two-goal cushion, pouncing on a mistake by Dan Wallis.

With six minutes left, the Owls pulled another one back when Fraser Preston’s deflected cross drifted underneath Ryan Schofield but it proved too little too late.

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Thompson said: “It was a bit of a scrappy game and the windy conditions dictated that. It was really difficult. We were missing a lot of players in Jack Stobbs, Sean Clare, Connor Kirby and Jordan Thorniley, who have been training with the first-team.

“We had a lot of young scholars playing so it was a tough baptism.

“We could have passed the ball a lot better. We got back into it with Tom’s goal and were on the front foot in the second half. We conceded a sloppy third goal but the lads kept going and did not shirk away from the task.”

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