Sheffield Wednesday: Utility man Lewis Buxton happy to play wherever needed

Lewis Buxton
Lewis Buxton

Trying to predict where Lewis Buxton will play next is a thankless task.

The 30-year-old was deployed in his favoured right-back role in the Capital One Cup thrashing at Premier League champions Manchester City last week.

That was Buxton’s first competitive outing in more than five months. Fresh from making his first start of the campaign, Buxton played at centre-half in Saturday’s 2-1 reversal at Cardiff City.

The long-serving defender then reverted back to the right hand side of Wednesday’s defence as Stuart Gray’s troops were held to a draw by Ipswich Town in midweek.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility Buxton may partner skipper Glenn Loovens in tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated lunch-time meeting with Leeds United should Tom Lees fail to recover from a hamstring problem.

Wherever he is asked to play, Buxton has vowed to do everything in his power to help Wednesday have a successful season.

“It is a bit different when you play at centre-back,” he told The Star. “You’ve got a lot more aerial battles than at right-back.

“If I have to play there, I will just get on with it and do the best that I can.”

Buxton, who on Tuesday made his 200th appearance for Wednesday after arriving on a permanent basis from Stoke in January 2009, felt he did “okay” as an emergency centre-half in South Wales.

“I should have done better for the second goal,” he admitted. “Kenwyne Jones beat me in the air and nodded it down for Anthony Pilkington.

“I just need minutes under my belt to start improving bit by bit.”

Buxton missed the majority of pre-season training after suffering a medial knee ligament injury following a collision with teammate Paul Corry at the club’s Middlewood Road training ground base.

“I did it a couple of weeks into pre-season,” he said. “It was slightly frustrating but that’s behind me now and I have to kick on.”