Owls in mood for big tests

Dave Jones is happy with the Owls' recent record
Dave Jones is happy with the Owls' recent record

DAVE Jones believes that his Wednesday team can take inspiration from recent victories as they brace themselves for big tests over the next 12 days.

They lost to eighth-placed Forest on Saturday and face top-six sides Watford, Leicester and Cardiff next.

But they have beaten the other three teams in the current top six, Hull, Brighton and Crystal Palace, during the last six weeks.

Jones feels that the performances in those games were better examples of his side’s capabilities than the 1-0 setback against Forest.

“I can’t fault our players for the way they’ve been playing,” he said. “When we played Brighton and Palace at home, for example, we showed we can do it.

“It’s getting a level of consistency and picking out the right pass in the right areas.”

Jones is also happy with the overall record of only two defeats in the last 13 league games.

“If you’d said beforehand we’d lose two out of 13, we’d have taken that.

“We’re just disappointed because it was an opportunity missed against Forest.

“Some of the other results went for us, and if we’d won we could have gone up five places.

“We still wouldn’t have been out of the relegation scrap, but we’d have been in that pack just above us. We have a game in hand but we feel it was a missed opportunity.”

Fifth-from bottom Wednesday play at Watford tomorrow. In games featuring the bottom three, Wolves are away to Millwall, Peterborough are at home to Charlton, and Bristol City at home to Brighton.

Fourth-from-bottom Barnsley are away to Burnley.

Forest were on top in the first half on Saturday and took the lead but Wednesday improved in the second half, and Jones felt that they should have had at least one penalty.

He judged that his players “gave it a good go” in the second half and got into “quality” positions but unable to produce a telling final ball.