Tom Lees discusses Sheffield Wednesday's poor record against Championship's top five

The Owls are yet to win against any of the sides directly above them in the table.

Tom Lees has insisted that Sheffield Wednesday's players are unconcerned about the side's struggles against the teams directly above them in the Championship, despite what it may mean for their promotion hopes, the Sheffield Star reports.

Going into their clash with fifth-place Derby County on Saturday, Carlos Carvalhal's men have not won any of their games against the top five sides in the table.

But having managed six draws from the nine games so far with several strong performances along the way, Lees has insisted that their record does not concern the team too much.

"I don't think it's too much of an issue for the guys in the changing room," he told the Star. "We have played well against some of the teams who are above us.

"It's those fine margins on those games.

"They are so tight and we have drawn a lot of those games and that will be the difference in the play-offs."

Although the centre-back is confident that the Owls have too much quality to be too worried about their poor record against the top sides, the team may well feel that getting three points at the iPro Stadium is almost essential.

While their place in the top six looks almost assured - with a six point lead over Cardiff in seventh - it may have a psychological impact if they go into the play-offs without a win against any of the sides that stand between them and a place in the Premier League.

However, with Lees insisting that they have confidence in their own ability, the underdog tag may actually benefit their chances should the other three teams looking to reach Wembley underestimate them slightly. 

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