Sheffield Wednesday: Jones eyes new safety target

Dave Jones thinks that more than 53 points could be needed
Dave Jones thinks that more than 53 points could be needed

DAVE Jones is ready to raise his sights as he targets Championship survival.

The Owls manager had believed that the traditional mark of 50 points would not be enough and that 52 or 53 may be required.

But now he feels that an even higher tally may be required in view of recent results.

Although reluctant to be exact in his latest estimate, he said: “I’ve said before it could be 52 or 53 - it might be more than that. People who think they’re safe at the moment might not be,”

If the Owls are to exceed 53 points, they will need at least 11 points from their remaining 10 games.

They are on 43, sixth from bottom and four points clear of the relegation zone, but only three points below 13th-placed Blackpool.

Jones also said: “If we had beaten Forest as well as winning at Leicester, we’d have jumped up six places; but we still wouldn’t have been out of danger, because the division is so tight.”

The Owls boss is reasonably pleased with the haul of six points from the last four games, all against teams in the current top six: Watford, Leicester, Palace and Forest .

Ahead of today’s clash with leaders Cardiff, he says: “We’re the home side. We think we’re capable of beating the top teams.

“In the Watford and Forest games (both defeats) they weren’t bad performances; we didn’t do the right things at the right time. At Leicester, we did.”

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has taken note of last Saturday’s victory: “They’re on a good run. They had a great win against Leicester last week.”

He played down any personal element of Jones being up against his former club again after a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff: “Who’s looking for revenge? Managers don’t work like that. When Sheffield Wednesday came to Cardiff, it was the story everybody wanted to talk about; now we’re further down the road. We’ll be looking to win the game and they will, and that’s it.”