Owls urged to avoid complacency

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal

Centre-back Tom Lees is guarding against complacency despite the recent upturn in the Owls’ fortunes.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men face 12th-placed Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road tonight looking to extend their unbeaten streak in all competitions to seven matches.

Wednesday, lying just three points adrift of the top six placings, will be chasing a third successive win on the road and Lees reckons they have got nothing to lose in the capital.

“We will be underdogs and are happy with that,” he told The Star. “When you look at QPR with their recent history and players they have got, you would probably say they are favourites but we don’t mind that as we know what we are about and what we are doing at the moment.

“But we have not cracked anything yet. We are still a work in progress.

“Some of are players have only been here a matter of months. We have got to give everyone time. We are improving but we know we need to keep picking up points as that is important. We will get better as the season goes on but we must not get carried away.

“QPR have a very strong squad with good experience so it will be tough. We have done okay away from home so hopefully we can carry that on.”

Lees is the only member of Carvalhal’s squad to have played every single minute of this season.

“I want to play as many games as I can.

“In my career, it was always a target after I came out of the youth system that I want to see how many games I can play. I have chalked up quite a few so far.

“When I was young, I made the effort to go out on loan so I was playing games straight away. I think I have chalked up quite a few.

“I just want to keep playing. If you keep playing, you must be doing something right so hopefully I can keep my place because we have got good players in each position.”

The former Leeds United youngster hopes Wednesday can replicate the performance they produced against Hull City on Saturday when they take on QPR.

“We go there full of confidence and we will be trying to carry on this momentum which is important,” said Leeds. “Hull scored and teams who do well in this league definitely wouldn’t have lost that game. I was happy we didn’t lose. The tide turned up but we withstood it.

“We have got to go to a tough place but can we grind out a result.”

George Hirst and Ryan Meadows registered as Owls Under 21s lost 3-2 at home to Hull City in the Premier League Cup yesterday.

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