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In this together

25 September 2012

Dave Jones has reinforced the message of togetherness at the club following the Owls’ Capital One Cup exit at Southampton on Tuesday.

A Jay Rodriguez double did the damage to condemn  Wednesday to a fifth straight defeat.

And Jones insists that everyone must stay on the same page if the team is to turn the corner.

“We are all in this together,” said the manager. “The chairman, the staff, the players, the supporters – we are all battling for the same thing.

“And the frustrating thing is that we are not that far away. But if we continue to give goals away, if we defend poorly, we will not win football matches, it is as simple as that.”

Jones continued: “We had two warnings before the first goal and we have to defend better than that.

“For the second goal for the penalty, contact may have been outside the area but their lad should not have been allowed into that position in the first place.

“What we need is a clean sheet and from there we have something to build on, rather than chasing the game, which is what we are doing in every game at the moment.”

The Owls made seven changes from the side that went down to Bolton at the weekend but Jones said that situation was forced upon him.

He explained: “I wouldn’t have made all those changes but I had no choice.

“I would probably have given the team from Saturday another go but I couldn’t.

“Martin Taylor and Ross Barkley were cup-tied, Rhys McCabe has a thigh injury and Jay Bothroyd a knee injury and Chris Kirkland had a back spasm.

“Kieran Lee has picked up a nasty gash to the ankle tonight as well.

“But listen, we are not feeling sorry for ourselves. We will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again ready for Wolves in the league on Saturday.”

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