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Credit the character

9 February 2013


Dave Jones was pleased by the way his side fought back from 2-0 down against Derby to snatch a point – but disappointed it wasn’t all three.


A topsy-turvy Hillsborough contest saw the Rams squarely in the driving seat before Wednesday promptly knocked the visitors off track.


And Jones believes the Owls could have won the game and gone within just three points of the Midlanders.


He said: “It was a great comeback and I am really pleased with that because Derby are a very good side and a well-established Championship side.


“But we could have won the game and I’m disappointed that we didn’t.


“Sometimes, though, you don’t get everything your own way and we have to be satisfied with the point because at one stage it didn’t look like we were going to take anything.”


The Owls’ boss was frustrated by the way in which his side started the game. Wednesday were patchy and lacklustre before sparking into life only when Derby went two goals to the good.


He continued: “That was disappointing because we shouldn’t have to wait until we go two goals down before we start playing.


“We started sloppy and then we broke our own ranks for the first goal rather than them breaking us down.


“The penalty was definitely a penalty, there was no doubt about that, so we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.


“But listen, we might have made it hard for ourselves but we did it and that shows the character and the spirit we have around the place.


“That is the culture we have at the moment.”


Jones was pleased with the impact of new loan recruit Connor Wickham, who was introduced from the bench in the first half.


The manager explained: “It was purely tactical. I just felt we weren’t getting round the back of them enough.


“That gave Michail the chance to get out wide and he loves playing there like he loves playing up top.


“And Connor did really well when he came on. He showed some nice touches and gave us more of a focal point.


“He’s a Premiership quality player and I think he showed that. He’s been around a while, he made his debut when he was 16, and he’s got a big future ahead of him.


“I had a long conversation with Martin O’Neill and he thinks we can help him on here and that’s what we will try to do.”


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