Sheffield Wednesday: Lee Bullen sets sights on derby triumph

Lee Bullen
Lee Bullen

Lee Bullen is looking forward to tomorrow’s lunch-time tussle at Huddersfield Town and claims Sheffield Wednesday can draw inspiration from their last trip to the John Smith’s Stadium.

When the Terriers and Owls collided in February, Stuart Gray’s men triumphed after goals from Jeremy Helan and Jacques Maghoma.

That was one of Wednesday’s best away days of the 2013/14 season and coach Bullen believes they can beat their neighbours again.

“We had a good away result at Huddersfield last year so there is no reason why we can’t do it again,” he told The Star.

“They have recently hit a bit of form and we have to respect the run they have been on.

“Chris Powell has done a fantastic job since taking over because they started the season quite shakily.

“But I don’t think we should fear them. We have got solid foundations as a team. It’s not as if we are shipping in lots of goals and have to score three or four to win a game.

“There is a lot of confidence in the squad and, with players like Caolan Lavery coming back to full fitness, it just starts to lift us heading towards the Christmas period.”

Bullen said the players are relishing the prospect of competing in another Yorkshire derby after being held to a goalless draw against Rotherham United at Hillsborough before the two-week international break.

“It’s a great game to have and we are looking forward to it,” stressed Bullen, who is now in charge of the Under-21s and assists coaching the first-team squad.

“We have had a few penalty decisions go against us and we could be going into this game with six points under our belts if those decisions had gone our way.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get those decisions but there is no point in moaning about it so we move on and look to get back to winning ways.”