LIAM PALMER has hailed the leadership qualities of fellow Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees – and has labelled his impact since arriving at Hillsborough as ‘tremendous.’
The former Leeds United player has made a solid start to his Owls career, with the dramatic stoppage-time goal he and his back-four colleagues conceded in the 1-1 draw with Millwall being their first concession in four matches this term.
Despite the blow, Palmer insists the Owls should be accentuating the positives, in the cold light of day, following their unbeaten start to 2014-15, with the form of Lees being one factor in an encouraging opening.
Palmer said: “Tom has been tremendous. He is a leader on the pitch and before the game, he is giving out advice and that spreads throughout the team and you cannot ask for much more.
“In terms of the back four, we have gelled really quickly and Tuesday was the first goal we have conceded this season, which was hard to take with the manner it came about.
“But everyone is working for each other and the manager and that is showing on the pitch.”
On Tuesday’s draw, he added: “When you looked at their penalty miss, you thought it was our day. It turned out it wasn’t, but you have to remember it was still a draw. Although it does feel like a loss, with us conceding late on, we are still unbeaten.
“We have got to keep that confidence that we’re unbeaten.”
Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray is awaiting news regarding Sam Hutchinson’s scan after he went off in the second half on Tuesday with a back injury.
Kieran Lee, who has a couple of injections in a bid to clear a groin problem, is set to miss Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough.
Gray confirmed: “I don’t think Kieran will be ready for Saturday and the squad is being tested at the moment.”