Sheffield Wednesday: Why captain Tom Lees is convinced the Owls are on the right path

Sheffield Wednesday skipper Tom Lees
Sheffield Wednesday skipper Tom Lees

Centre-back Tom Lees is adamant Wednesday are heading in the right direction under Jos Luhukay.

Centre-back Tom Lees is adamant Wednesday are heading in the right direction under Jos Luhukay.

The Owls, who go to Bristol City on Sunday, sit in the top half of the Championship after picking up 16 points from 11 matches.

Had Wednesday held on to their two-goal lead and defeated West Bromwich Albion in midweek, Luhukay's team would have moved into the play-off positions.

"We have come a long way as a team this season," said Lees. "If you look at West Brom, it is just that last ten per cent.

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"For long periods, we played well. But it is fine margins. That is what will stop a team getting in the play-offs, if you do that more often than not.

"We are doing some good stuff. Our work-rate can’t be faulted. Without the ball, I think everyone can see we are a lot better.

"I know some people don’t like it but, with the ball, we are doing better. A lot of teams are trying to play like this.

"That is what the manager wants to do and what he feels gets the best out of our players. We are playing better football, too."

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The Owls skipper is urging Wednesday to learn from the defensive mistakes they made against WBA.

"You would be disappointed to draw against anyone when 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go," said Lees. "Double disappointing against a side as good as West Brom.

"We are trying to play football and keep the ball with the type of players we have got but we stopped doing that and it ended up being attack versus defence for 20 minutes. Even when it is like that, you shouldn't really concede in the way that we did.

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"It was disappointing but we have just got to get ready for Sunday now."

Although Wednesday have drawn their last two fixtures, they remain only one adrift of the top six.

Lees said: "There is nothing in the league. Nothing at all. Look at Villa, if they score that penalty then they are fifth. But it was missed and they are 13th, and Steve Bruce gets the sack. Crazy."

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