Sheffield Wednesday: Focus on present Leeds urges Glenn Loovens

Glenn Loovens insists there can be no thoughts of last season's 6-0 demolition of Leeds
Glenn Loovens insists there can be no thoughts of last season's 6-0 demolition of Leeds

As left-back Joe Mattock rightly pointed out earlier this week, Sheffield Wednesday embarrassed Leeds United in the last meeting between the two clubs.

Nine months ago, the Owls, in front of the Sky cameras, inflicted Leeds’ worst league defeat for 55 years, thumping their Yorkshire rivals 6-0.

Nonetheless, Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens believes that result will have no bearing on today’s clash at Elland Road, kick-off 12.15pm.

The Dutchman told The Star: “That’s in the past and behind us now and we should focus on the game coming up.

“I don’t really focus on Leeds. We have to concentrate on what we are doing and what we are good at. It’s going to be tough.

“All the things they are going through is up to them. We have to make sure we do our jobs and get the three points.

“It’s a big game and the players are looking forward to it as much as the supporters. Leeds are a good side and we have to be up for it and I’m sure are boys will be.

“There is more than just three points at stake. It’s the bragging rights. I think we should relish the occasion and hopefully we will get a good result.”

Loovens joked: “I would settle for 6-0 again but it’s probably going to be a different game!”

Wednesday felt refereeing decisions went against them in Tuesday’s midweek home draw with Ipswich Town but Loovens is calling on the team to not dwell on the past.

“I think during a season decisions even themselves out,” he said. “Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you get unlucky.

“I don’t think we should pay attention to it too much and get on with it.”

Stuart Gray’s side lie in ninth position after their opening ten Championship fixtures, but, after two league matches without a win, Loovens is keen for the squad to go into the next international break on a high note.

“It’s very important we get a positive result at Leeds because we have lost and drawn our last two games,” he said. “It’s vital we get the three points and get a good feeling going into the break.

“We have started really well and been unlucky in a few games and have been competitive in every single game.”

The 31-year-old thinks Wednesday are benefiting from having a strong, united dressing room.

“I think it will get you extra points throughout the season if you are tight as team,” said Loovens, who wants the Owls to finish as high as possible.

“It shows on the pitch that you are willing to work hard for each other. Some games you need that spirit more than others. If you are tight as a team, I’m sure in some games it will give you the win.

“We’ve got a good group, great characters and good footballers. We have a good mixture and get on well of the pitch so I think everybody is looking forward to the rest of the season.

“We have lots of different characters but we all gell well.

“We know what we want and that’s to play football and get results together. Hopefully that will pay off.”