Sheffield Wednesday: Dave Jones pays tribute to fans

Owls boss: Dave Jones pays tribute to the club's fans
Owls boss: Dave Jones pays tribute to the club's fans

FIRST versus nineteenth.

Twenty eight points separate Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday in the standings.

On paper, there should only be one winner when Cardiff, the Championship league leaders, travel to relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. But, of course, football doesn’t always go according to script.

Buoyed by their 1-0 triumph at Leicester City, Owls boss Dave Jones is now hoping to dent Cardiff, his old club’s promotion hopes. He has expressed his gratitude towards the club’s fans following their morale-boosting win at Leicester. More than 3,000 supporters cheered on the South Yorkshire outfit, who claimed maximum points through Connor Wickham’s first goal for the club.

“All I could hear was them (the fans) and when you have that kind of support, it makes all the difference,” said Jones. “There were almost three and a half thousand of them and they demand a performance.

“It’s the same home and away and we are so fortunate to have support like that.”

Cardiff have snapped up a 1,000 tickets for the trip to Hillsborough and that figure is expected to rise to 2,000. Officials reckon there will be a crowd of between 24-25,000.

Only Brighton and Hove Albion (25,550) are above Wednesday (23,346) in the average attendance stakes. The Owls highest gate came of the season against Leeds United in October. However, they are on course to get a bigger turn-out after the international break when they entertain bottom-of-the-table Barnsley.

For ticket information, ring Wednesday’s ticket office on 0871 900 1867 (£2 booking fee per ticket) or log on to shop.sheffieldwednesday.co.uk.

*Graham Hyde, the former Sheffield Wednesday player, resigned as Telford manager following their 2-0 defeat to Macclesfield Town. Hyde, who played for Wednesday between 1988 and 1999, was appointed on March 1 and put in charge of the Blue Square Bet Premier outfit until the end of the season. But Hyde resigned from his post on Sunday.

Telford chairman/managing director Lee Carter said he was surprised by Hyde’s decision.

“Graham was very positive after the game on Saturday, but he changed his mind overnight,” he said. “The pressure the club is under is really difficult to work in.”

The Bucks are seven points adrift of safety with just nine games remaining.