Sheffield Wednesday: We made it too easy for Leeds United, says Tom Lees

Tom Lees beats Leeds' Alex Mowatt to the ball....Pic Steve Ellis
Tom Lees beats Leeds' Alex Mowatt to the ball....Pic Steve Ellis

The disappointment was etched all over Tom Lees’ face after the Owls first Hillsborough defeat of the season.

What added to the defender’s frustration was that Saturday’s loss came at the hands of his former club.

Second half strikes by forwards Marcus Antonsson and Chris Wood helped Leeds United seal their second win at S6 in the last three campaigns.

When conducting his post-match interview, Lees,recently described as “one of the best centre-backs in England” by Owls chief Carlos Carvalhal, refused to pull any punches, saying: “It was a tough day at the office.

“Both teams were desperate to win and it is a big game in the area.

“To lose it is obviously disappointing - but the way that we played as well probably made it even more tough to take.

“We weren’t at the levels that we usually are and found it hard to break them down. Obviously one of our strengths has not been conceding and we conceded two goals. It’s disappointing but it is a test of how good we are to see if we can come back.”

Lees, fit-again after shrugging off a foot problem he sustained in their goalless draw at Norwich City, bemoaned the team’s defending after the break.

“I don’t think we made them work hard for the goals, to be honest and it was disappointing,” said the stand-in Wednesday skipper. “You are chasing the game when you go one down. We had a chance to equalise with Gary [Hooper]. We went chasing and chasing again and got caught on the counter attack.”

When asked if Leeds surprised them, Lees said: “Not really because they are always going to be a good team with good players and we knew that.”

The centre-back, a graduate of Leeds’ youth system, spent 15 years at Elland Road, making 135 appearances.

“It (playing Leeds) doesn’t mean anything to me,” said Lees. “It is just another game.

“It is a local derby and it doesn’t make any difference that it is Leeds.

“It is made an issue by everyone else. It was just disappointing to lose at home.”

Next up for Carlos Carvalhal’s troops is a trip to Brentford this Saturday as they aim to go into the two-week international break on a positive note. The Bees have collected six points from their opening four fixtures.