SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Old boy looks to make it tough for Owls

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MIDDLESBROUGH’s Championship prominence has brought a spell in the spotlight for a former Wednesday player.

Mark Proctor is first-team coach at the Riverside Stadium and replaced Tony Mowbray for the post-match press conference at Forest on Tuesday because the manager had been feeling unwell.

Proctor regarded the 0-0 draw as a good point though it ended a run of six successive wins.

The Teesside-born 51-year-old has a long association with Boro as a player and coach and was promoted to first-team duties after Mowbray’s appointment two years ago.

Proctor was signed for Wednesday from Sunderland by Howard Wilkinson in 1987 and totalled 69 appearances and five goals before Ron Atkinson sold him to Boro in 1989.

It will be a big night for Proctor and his club, who will get their biggest crowd of the season, more than 21,000, though the game against Wednesday is being televised live.

Fans have taken advantage of an offer that sees fans let in for £12 (adults) and £7 (concessions).

The Riverside Stadium’s highest attendance this season has been 16,200 for the visit of Bolton on October 27.

Although home fans will see the stage as being set for a seventh win in eight games, midfield player Grant Leadbitter expects his team’s success to make other sides more determined to beat them.

“As a player when you are up against a team on a roll, a side that is unbeaten for however many games, then you try that bit harder because you want to be the side that stops them,” he said.

“So the better you do, the harder it gets to keep it going. And from here on in it will just get tougher for us now because we are there to be shot at. We have to perform to make the crowd come back.”