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Rise to the challenge

22 November 2013

The last time Wednesday stepped out at Hillsborough, Reading were put to the sword in comprehensive fashion and manager Dave Jones has said the players must rise to those levels again on Saturday.

Having gone into the international break on the back of a defeat at Derby, the Wednesday boss has challenged his side to match the standards they set against the Royals with Huddersfield in town this weekend.

“That’s what we’ll be demanding from them because they set the example,” he said.

“They set the tone that day, so everybody will quite rightly want to see that again and that’s what we want to see as well.

“If I’m honest, the benchmark was set in the first game of the season when we played QPR because we played so well but didn’t get the victory.

“But what the players did was produce something similar a few weeks ago against Reading here.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against the Terriers, Jones has stressed the importance of winning individual battles.

The Owls boss believes that was the difference between success over Reading and defeat at Derby and explained:

“The more personnel battles you win across the field, the more chance you have got of winning a football match.

“That’s where we went wrong at Derby but go back to Reading, and that’s what got us the result.

“We still think there is so much more to come from them. The players need to keep working at their game and that’s the one thing that we keep drumming into them.

“Derby games are always tough, high tempo and it usually takes a bit of time to settle down. It’s going to be a tough game like they all are in this division.

“There is no magic formula, we know what we’ve got to do and we know how to go about it.”

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