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Pride and points

15 August 2013


Dave Jones says confidence in the camp remains high as he prepares his team for a Yorkshire derby at Leeds that he hopes will yield the local bragging rights and a travelling triumph.


Despite encouraging performances against QPR and Burnley, the Owls head into the Elland Road affair on Saturday with nothing to show from their efforts so far.


But speaking in his pre-match press conference at Middlewood Road, the manager insists that all the preparations are in place to help put the first points on the board.


He said: “It’s a Yorkshire derby with two sets of very passionate fans, the game is live on television in front of a big crowd and we want the pride and the points.


“We may have lost our two games in the league so far but I have seen enough in those games to give everyone encouragement.


“So we will go to Leeds with confidence, we will go to there to play and above all we will go there to try and win the game.”


Jones could be boosted by the possible return to duty of influential defensive duo Reda Johnson and Lewis Buxton.


Both players have missed the start of the season through injury but have now resumed training and could be in contention for the White Rose clash.


Jones added: “They are both back with us, they are a little stiff but you would expect that at this stage of their recovery.


“They could play but we will continue to monitor them and then make a decision based on that.


“We have lost four full backs to injury already in the early part of the season and that is incredibly hard luck.


“But you have to get on with it and as one door closes another one opens and it is up to other players to step up to the plate and take the opportunities when they come.”

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