Rob ready to handle strain at the top

Main aim: Captain Rob Jones says Wednesday must concentrate on themselves and not on what rivals do in the League One promotion chase

Main aim: Captain Rob Jones says Wednesday must concentrate on themselves and not on what rivals do in the League One promotion chase

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ROB Jones is braced for mounting pressure as the Owls head into their last eight games of the season with Sheffield United in their sights.

The Owls’ draw with Walsall and the Blades’ win at Notts County put Wednesday behind their city rivals again, by two points.

“I know the Sheffield United result didn’t go for us but there are still eight games to go and a lot of points to play for,” said Hillsborough skipper Jones.

“I’m sure that in those eight games the pressure will mount at many stadiums, not just ours.”

He revealed that the Owls players did not learn of United’s 5-2 victory at Meadow Lane until after their 2-2 draw with Walsall, and said that the Wednesday philosophy is to focus primarily on their own efforts.

“No-one knew the (United) result until after the manager had finished speaking,” he said. “We are fully concentrating on the main aim, and the main aim is to get out of this division.

“We can’t do anything about our rivals’ results, as we have played them twice, except for Huddersfield. First and foremost, we have to look at ourselves.

“Against Walsall we just fell a bit short of where we want to be. I think disappointment is the main word, and the three points were there to be taken. But we’ll take the point, and we move on to the next game.”

The Walsall result could be interpreted as being even more galling as the Owls should also have won at the Bescot Stadium on Boxing Day, but lost 2-1 to late goals.

Gary Madine’s leveller in the fifth minute of added time provided some consolation but a draw was still another letdown.

“Over the season everything evens itself out,” said Jones. “There have been games where we’ve got a late goal and won or draw. It’s swings and roundabouts.

“It’s a very difficult league. Walsall are fighting for their lives; you have to give them credit for the way they set up shop to try to frustrate us, which they did.

“No mattter who you play, it’s going to be difficult. We went into the Walsall game on the back of three wins and wanted to keep that going. and keep the pressure on the teams around us.

“We have to keep going, go into Saturday’s game (at Leyton Orient) and hopefully take three points there.”