Sheffield Wednesday: Midfield dynamo confident lightning can strike twice

Kieran Lee
Kieran Lee

Can Sheffield Wednesday repeat the trick against Bournemouth and win away at Eddie Howe’s title-chasing side?

Twelve months ago, the Owls stunned the Cherries at the Goldsands Stadium, winning 4-2 courtesy of goals by Atdhe Nuhiu, Sam Hutchinson, Leon Best and Chris Maguire.

Buoyed by his match-winning strike in Tuesday’s triumph over high-flying Brentford, Kieran Lee sees no reason they can’t pick up another positive result down on the south coast. But the hard-working midfielder is under no illusions at the size of the task facing Wednesday as Bournemouth are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run and chasing a fourth consecutive victory.

Five-goal Owls ace Lee said: “It will be difficult. Bournemouth are top of the table and keep winning games.

“We know they like to see a lot of the ball and score a lot of goals.

“They need to keep winning games because it’s so tight at the top.

“But we went down there last season and got the win with a really good performance and we want more of the same this time around.”

Stuart Gray’s men kept a 17th Championship clean sheet in midweek, equalling a club-record of shut-outs set by Jack Charlton’s side in the 1978/79 season.

“Of course it’s pleasing to be part of that record,” said Lee. “Keiren Westwood has been vital for us this season, as have the defence.

“When we’ve had injuries, others have stepped in and performed well.

“We defend as a team, every player has played their part and we can be proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Lee, out of contract in the summer, has expressed his delight at taking his tally of goals for the season to five.

“It’s really pleasing and an improvement on last season when I scored just the one goal,” said the 26-year-old. “That’s what I want to do, score more goals and it would be nice to get one or two more before the season is out.”

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