SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones has challenged his players to turn around their erratic home form.
The Owls entertain seventh-placed Brighton and Hove Albion at Hillsborough on Saturday having registered just a paltry four league wins on home soil during the 2012/13 campaign.
Their trip to Millwall, scheduled for Saturday February 16, has been postponed because of the Lions’ involvement in the FA Cup, meaning three of Wednesday’s next four Championship fixtures are at home.
However, Jones’ men have yet to triumph in their own backyard since the turn of the year, firing blanks against Burnley, MK Dons in the FA Cup and Wolves.
But, buoyed by the team’s come-from-behind victory at Charlton, which secured their first double of the sea son, Jones is urging his squad to rectify their home record. “We are trying to get that momentum going at Hillsborough,” he told The Star. “We will just keep working at it.
“We are training at the ground every now and then to give the players a feel for the place. We have got to try to find that consistency home and away.
“I think against Charlton we were the better team, played the better football and looked stronger
than them. The team is improving and hopefully the fans can see that.”
New signing Leroy Lita is in contention to make his full debut against Brighton following his match-winning strike in the capital. For long portions of the season, Wednesday have struggled to finish off the chances they have created but Jones is confident Lita can play a big role in their fight for survival.
He said: “Leroy has been brought in to do a job for us. His confidence is high. Scoring goals is what he does.”
Jones says there will be a “few more” ins and outs before the transfer window closes on Thursday. Austrian midfielder Thomas Prager is believed to be training with the club.
The Owls chief watched their Under-21s side, featuring strikers Chris Maguire and Chris O’Grady, lose 3-1 against Coventry yesterday despite a goal from Bastien Hery.