After coming within a whisker of going up last season, Sheffield Wednesday are now a prized Championship scalp.
That is the belief of stand-in captain Tom Lees as the Owls look to get back on track after back-to-back league defeats.
Speaking after Wednesday’s loss against his former club Leeds United, Lees warned his teammates that they had better get used to visiting teams ‘parking the bus’ at Hillsborough.
“We are a scalp and teams are coming here to sit deep,” he conceded. “Leeds made no attempt in the second half to get out of their two banks of four. They sat there and we didn’t find a way to break them down.
“Teams are going to do that now so we have to find a way to break them down.
“We have one of the best squads in the league so there’s going to be a lot of expectation on us this year. We have to deal with it.”
Lees returned to action last weekend after missing the Owls’ trip to Burton Albion because of a foot problem he sustained at Norwich City.
The centre-back said: “I got the injury after a tackle by Steven Naismith. I thought it was a bit of a naughty one to be fair at the time but I managed to finish the game. I woke up on Sunday and my foot had ballooned up.
“I was just trying to do everything I could to get the swelling down.
“I didn’t manage to recover in time for Tuesday but towards the back end of the week I managed to get my boots on again and train.
“I trained on Friday and played today so hopefully everything is alright.”