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Plenty to play for

9 November 2012

 

The Owls take on second-placed Middlesbrough at The Riverside Stadium on Friday night and Dave Jones is looking for three points to help put Wednesday back on the Championship track.

 

Thwarted by Blackpool in midweek, Jones’ men head into the Boro clash fifth places from the foot of the division but the manager is patently aware that a swift return of points will trigger a far healthier outlook.

 

He said: “It’s still early days in the season, and the balance of power is changing all the time.

 

“Not so long ago, Leicester and Cardiff were on top and now we have Crystal Palace and Middesbrough.  The league changes so many times within a week because there can be three games in a week - it’s a crazy division.


“There is nobody running away with it yet and if we win our next two games, we move up the table quickly.

 

“Had we won on Tuesday, we’d have been level on points with Blackpool and five points off the plays-offs.

 

“There is still a lot of football to be played and we aren’t even halfway through the term yet."


Having watched a rerun of the Tangerines game, which the Owls lost 2-0, Jones says his players will learn from the harsh lessons of Tuesday evening at Hillsborough.

 

Despite seeing plenty of the ball in key areas, Wednesday fired blanks against Blackpool and Jones says that situation must change moving forward.

 

He added: “There are lessons to be learned from every game but in the first half against Blackpool we did have good chances.

 

“In the second half, we were having a real go and getting in good areas and then we got caught on the break because we gave the ball away on the edge of the box when we were trying to get momentum and trying to get the goal – that often happens but there were opportunities that we should have put away. 


“We had the ball in their penalty area in an attacking position 39 times in the first half and 41 in the second half.

 

“But we didn’t score a goal and sooner or later we will have to make the chances count.”


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