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9 August 2013


Dave Jones is looking forward to getting back on home soil for the visit of Burnley on Saturday – the Owls’ first game at Hillsborough of the new campaign.


Wednesday have travelled to QPR and Rotherham so far, posting mixed fortunes in the capital and the New York Stadium respectively.


Jones’ men suffered what was largely considered an unjust 2-1 defeat at Rangers, but the reverse by the same score against the Millers in the Capital One Cup was, the manager agreed, a fair result.


He said: “You can’t put your finger on why we played so well at QPR and so poorly at Rotherham – if you could we would all be the best managers in the land.


“But both games have gone now and we move on to Burnley. It will be great to be back at Hillsborough and we are all looking forward to it.


“Our supporters are the best in the country. They travel in their numbers, they gave us the second-highest average attendance in the Championship last season and we are all hoping for more of the same this season.


“They know their football too and it is up to us now to put on a performance on Saturday against Burnley.


“Hillsborough is a fantastic place to play your football and we need to turn it into the fortress again that is was.”


Jones is expecting a tough test from the Clarets, who drew 1-1 in their curtain raiser against Bolton before thumping York 4-0 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.


And despite the loss of last term’s leading goalscorer Charlie Austin to QPR, Jones says Burnley pose a significant threat regardless.


He added: “They didn’t seem to miss him in midweek did they!


“Listen, Burnley are a good side but I will be saying that about every team in the Championship this season because this is a very difficult division and it is only getting harder.


“But we are a good side too. We showed that at QPR against a team that was in the Premiership only last season.


“We’re at home, we will have a big crowd on our side so let’s go out there at full pelt and enjoy the occasion.”

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