Tom Lees says there are many factors behind Wednesday’s excellent recent run in the Championship.
As the Owls moved up to fifth with victory over Huddersfield on Saturday while recording their 15th clean sheet of the campaign, the ever-reliable stopper believes hard work and full concentration has been key to the club’s successes so far.
With everyone working hard for each other and team morale and confidence high, Lees is not surprised by Wednesday’s lofty league position.
Having registered five clean sheets from the last six league games, the defensive resilience is one of those important factors and Lees explained:
“We get prepared very well by the staff, we watch the opposition building up to the game and I think it’s just like anything else, a lot of concentration, hard work and a desire to keep the ball out of the goal.
“I think it’s the basis of any good team to be able to keep the ball out of the goal because you don’t want to rely too much on the boys up top, although they are doing really well.
“But it’s a team effort really and I think we saw that on Saturday by how hard the wingers and forwards worked, it’s a real team effort and something we have to carry on doing.
“We know we have goals in the team and I’ve said that all along, we have quality up top so if we are keeping it out of the goal, the likelihood is that we’ll score and win the game.”
Having played a major role last season when the Owls equalled a club record 17 league clean sheets, Lees welcomes the challenge to go one better this time around.
He added: “It’s something to aim for definitely, you always want to improve. Last year we got a very good tally and it would be good if we could improve on that again.”