Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees explains what will give Owls the edge against Preston

Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Carvalhal's side will be looking to consolidate their position in the Championship's top six at Deepdale.

Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees is confident that the travelling support that the Owls are set to take with them for their next game could prove to be the deciding factor, the Sheffield Star reports.

Carlos Carvalhal's men travel to Deepdale to face Preston North End on Saturday. Ahead of the trip, Wednesday have been boosted by the news that the club have sold out their 5,500 ticket allocation for the game (via Star), and Lees claims that the support will inspire the side to ensure that the fans head back to Yorkshire having watched the team bag three points.

"It is fantastic we are taking so many fans to Preston. I thought there was a lot of fans at Birmingham but there is going to be almost double that amount on Saturday," he told the Star.

"Our fans are so loud in every game but it is going to be deafening with over 5,000 going to Preston.

"When you jog out on to the pitch and see that many fans in front of you, it gives you an extra push. It gives you that extra boost and you don't want to disappoint them.

"We know it is a big game for us anyway and that will add to the occasion and make it an electric atmosphere."

As well as the motivation to please the tremendous number of supporters that will make the journey, the Owls will also know that a victory will help them consolidate their position in the Championship play-off places and would move them to within four points of the top of the table as Hull and Middlesbrough have the weekend off from league duty.

However, Simon Grayson's side will not be a pushover for Carvalhal's team. The Lilywhites have lost just once in the league since their Boxing Day defeat to Huddersfield, and boast an impressive defensive record which suggests that they will be difficult to break down, meaning that Wednesday may need all of the travelling 5,500 to create the kind of atmosphere that makes it feel like they are playing at Hillsborough. 

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