WITH promotion now within Sheffield Wednesday’s grasp, Dave Jones vows: “We can’t let it slip now.”
The Owls today kick off a vital week in which boss Jones will stress to his players that the job is not yet done.
“It’s now in our hands,” he told The Star, knowing a win against Wycombe on Saturday would seal second place ahead of United.
“We can’t take our eye off the ball,” he added. “We still have to do it right and make sure.
“It’s no good getting to this position and faltering at the death. We have to make sure we’re full pelt.
“We’ve got to this position; we can’t let it go now; we have worked so hard for it.”
Jones praised his players and staff for their efforts, and the fans for “unbelievable” backing, with the Owls now having taken 29 points from the 11 games under him, after their 2-1 win at Brentford.
He looked forward to a sell-out home crowd getting behind the team on Saturday but warned: “It will be a massive crowd, so though I know Wycombe have gone down and they’ll be a bit gutted, they’ll want to play. These are the danger games. We have to stay focused on our job and not be stupid. Nobody should get carried away.”
He also said: “The lads deserve great credit; the staff I brought in have been the right ones; everybody has worked really hard, and we have all gelled. I’m also really pleased for the chairman.
“It was a good day for us on Saturday. We rode our luck. We knew we had to win and it was important we took it to the last day.
“I thought Sheffield United would win. I thought they’d have a bit too much for Stevenage.”
But he learned while driving home from Brentford that the Blades, whose final match will be at Exeter, had drawn their evening game and were now a point behind.
Jones praised his team’s tenacity not only for the way have kept chasing United but also for the way they ground out Saturday’s win.
“The lads have worked so hard and taken on board everything we have said.
“We have dug deep and shown great character. It could quite easily have gone the other way at Brentford. But fortune favours the brave.”