Sheffield Wednesday: Lees wary of Owls old boy

Owls old boy Gary Madine
Owls old boy Gary Madine

Gary Madine will be fired up and keen to make an impact against his former club tonight.

That is the opinion of Owls defender Tom Lees as Carlos Carvalhal’s men gear up for a second successive ‘War of the Roses’ tussle.

Madine, released by Wednesday following the expiry of his contract, moved to Bolton Wanderers in July, penning a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old made over 100 appearances for the Owls during his four and a half year stay at Hillsborough.

But the lanky striker struggled to hold down a regular first-team place last season and was farmed out on loan to Coventry City and Blackpool.

Madine is set to lead Bolton’s forward line at the Macron Stadium.

Lees told The Star: “Gary will have a point to prove. I always thought he was a handful when I played against him in training so I know he will be a threat. I’m sure he will be looking to get one over on us. Whoever plays has got to be aware of him.”

Despite Wednesday’s slow start to the campaign, Bolton boss Neil Lennon is refusing to take the South Yorkshire outfit lightly.

“It’s not been a great start for the new manager but by all accounts they played well at Burnley on Saturday,” said Lennon. “The game could have gone either way.

“They have the likes of Fernando Forestieri who can hurt you and they brought in Ross Wallace.

“It is difficult to adapt to the Championship – even if you are British, never mind foreign.

“It’s a league that you have to adapt to quickly.

“But the onus is on us. We are at home and buoyed by the win and we know another will take us further up the table. That’s what we are looking to do and keep progressing.

“We played really well on Saturday and got great backing from the supporters.

“Hopefully we can maintain that form tonight and we are looking forward to the game.”

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