Lucas issues Cherries warning - exclusive

The south coast club have beaten Wednesday three times in the last two seasons, including that fateful day in September when John Spicer’s goal was enough to make sure Dave Allen said enough was enough regarding Chris Turner’s reign at the club.

The Cherries’ form at the Fitness First Stadium has been excellent and they have only lost twice at home but Lucas says that Wednesday will go into the game all guns blazing.

He told Footymad: “It will be similar to the Luton game as they are a big strong team who are playing well at home but as always we will go there expecting to give a good showing of ourselves and with our current run, we will go down there with a lot of confidence.

“As long as we show up on the day like we have been doing recently, we will do well and we are especially good away from home so hopefully we come away with the three points.

“Games can’t come quick enough at the minute. I think the game against Swindon it was more about just grinding a result out – something what we will have to do from now until the end of the season at Hillsborough, we’ll take three points whichever way they come.”

Defensively, the back four of Lee Bullen, Paul Heckingbottom, Richard Wood and Graeme Lee are on top form at the moment and the former Preston stopper says it is all down to belief in one another.

He said: “We have three clean sheets out of four and it all boils down to trust – I trust the guys in front of me and they trust me.

“Spike (Graeme Lee) hasn’t played that many games this season consecutively but now he is getting used to playing week in, week out and it proves that the more games we play together, the stronger we will get.”

Meanwhile, Southampton will recall Kenwyne Jones after tomorrow's game while Wednesday are giving a trial to former Sunderland winger Tommy Butler.