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Excellent workout

6 July 2013


Sheffield Wednesday played out a 1-1 draw with Romanian Champions Steaua Bucharest at St George’s Park in Burton on Saturday and manager Dave Jones has said the game was an excellent workout for his side.

Bucharest went in front in the private friendly through Adrian Popa’s first half strike which arrowed into the bottom corner.

Miguel Llera headed the Owls level after the interval, connecting with Rhys McCabe’s deep free kick.

After the game, Jones said: “It was a very good workout.

“Steaua are getting prepared for playing in the Champions League so they are ahead of us in terms of their development but it was a good game.

“Our lads are fit, they look good, they’ve come back in good shape and it was a really good workout all round.

“Everybody played a part in the game, all the pros played a part and there were no injuries which was even better. We looked very strong.

In hot conditions in Burton, Jones was pleased with how his side fared against difficult opposition as Wednesday’s pre-season schedule got underway.

He added: “One or two trialists took part in the game, as did some of the youngsters as well so it was a very, very good workout.

“It was a good workout for Steaua because in around ten days, they are going to be getting themselves ready for the Champions League qualifiers.

“They’ve had other friendlies against Notts County and Livingston and on Saturday they said they stepped it up another gear.”

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