Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall: Beevers out to turn the tables on return to Hillsbrough

Millwall's Mark Beevers.
Millwall's Mark Beevers.
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Mark Beevers makes his first return to Hillsborough on Saturday looking to pile the pressure on his former club Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Owls Academy defender was allowed to join Millwall last October and Saturday will be the first time since that he has returned to S6.

Both Wednesday and the Lions are desperate to kickstart their season with a first win, the Owls’ draw at Leeds on Saturday the only point either side has collected from their opening six Championship matches.

Barnsley-born Beevers – who was in the Owls team which beat Millwall 12 months ago at Hillsborough – will not allow sentiment to affect his performance at the heart of the Lions’ defence, which also includes former Wednesday goalkeeper Stephen Bywater.

“It’s going to be a bit different from last season going back to Hillsborough and I’ve got to play the game, not the occasion,” said 23-year-old Beevers.

“There will be 20-odd thousand people there and they need to get more points on the board just as we need to get some.

“We need to keep creating the chances and sooner or later one will drop for us, we will get a goal and more will follow.

“I don’t think any of our performances have been particularly bad. It’s just there for everyone to see that we have not put the ball in the back of the net.

“At Ipswich we conceded two own goals and one from a set piece that was really sloppy and on Saturday against Huddersfield we created chances and just did not put the ball in the back of the net.

“If we were not creating chances it would be alarming, but we are, and once we score one a flurry will follow, I’m sure. If one goes in we will kick on from there.”

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants to move on quickly after a harrowing first night of the season.

The Magpies had a man sent off in a 4-0 thrashing at Manchester City that came just hours after an unsettling bid from Arsenal for key player Yohan Cabaye.

Pardew had said his team were “more than ready” for their opening test at the Etihad Stadium but his plans were thrown into disarray by Arsenal’s £10m offer for Cabaye.

“We have 37 games to go and we need to make sure we don’t let this game emotionally scar us,” said Pardew.

“I think there are going to be a lot of teams who will struggle here. They have got some fantastic talent.

“When you get the options that they have and look at them on the bench, let’s be honest, these teams – in terms of finance and quality – make it very, very difficult for the rest of us in the Premier League.

“That was a case in point. There will be better teams than us struggle at this ground, for sure.”