SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Jones sets goal for midfield duo

Chris Lines
Chris Lines

JOSE Semedo and Chris Lines have shone in the heart of Wednesday’s midfield but Dave Jones is also calling for goals from the duo.

It is not in his nature to go safety first and he is pledging an attacking approach at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow rather than setting out just to stifle hot shot Jordan Rhodes.

Semedo’s combative play and Lines’s passing have been important influences on the Owls’ style of play under Jones, who has been named as League One Manager of the Month.

But while the responsibility for scoring will remain chiefly with the forwards in the promotion run-in, Jones wants others to chip in:

“Semi and Chrissie have been in the team for every game since I came and have been playing really well. I think both of them can score goals,” he said.

“If you’re looking for the perfect partnership, they should be scoring more. We are working with those two and everybody else, trying to enhance what they’ve already got.

“The next stage for us is somebody getting on the end of one or two balls and sticking the ball in the back of the net.”

Semedo has scored only one goal for the club, in a 2-1 win at Wycombe Wanderers in October. Lines has three, his last one in the 2-1 victory at Tranmere Rovers in January.

Jones added: “Chrissie has had one or two attempts at goal from long-distance free kicks. The pair of them have good strength and good strikes. I think they can utilise that more.

“Semi

can strike the ball on the run, which is the hardest thing to do. We saw that against Bury, Bournemouth and Walsall.

“Getting them into positions where they get the opportunity to strike at goal is some

thing

we’re working on. They are getting into positions. Maybe just risk it and have a pop rather than making it safe with an extra pass - that’s the licence we’re giving them.”

Jones’ game-plan tomorrow will be to “have a go” at Huddersfield in an attcking sense.

“That’s what we’re all about; that’s what I’ve done all my management career.

“You start with one point so why not try and get three?

“We’re not going to sit back and defend. It’s not my way.

“The best form of defence sometimes is attack. I always believe that. That’s the way I’ve been brought up.

“Both teams are doing well and scoring goals. It should have the ingredients for a good game.”

A plan for free agent and former Cardiff star Jason Koumas to train at Middlewood, whether that be on a solo basis or with the squad, just to get fit, has yet to come to fruition because he has other commitments, said Jones.

The Owls boss says he has no plans to sign the midfield player.

Teams and ref

TERRIERS (possible): Smithies, Woods, P Clarke, Morrison, T Clarke, Novak, Ward, Kay, Arismendi, Lee, Rhodes (4-4-2).

OWLS (probable); Bywater, Buxton, Batth, Llera, R Johnson, Antonio, Semedo, Lines, J Johnson, Ranger, Madine (4-4-2).

Anthony Taylor (Manchester). The teams will have to watch their behaviour under this Premier League official. His record this season is 85 yellow cards and six reds in 28 games, and last season it was 118 yellows and 12 reds in 32 games.

One to watch

Jordan Rhodes is the obvious danger man but Wednesday also cannot afford to take their eye off Alan Lee if he plays. The 33-year-old Irishman provides experience alongside young Rhodes, and he is no stranger to big games. He scored for Crystal Palace in the 2-2 draw at Hillsborough that sent Wednesday down on the last day of the 2009-10 season.

History lesson

Wednesday have not won in their four visits to Huddersfield since a Nigel Worthington goal gave them a 1-0 victory there in the fourth-from-last match of the 1983-84 season, when promotion to the top flight had been clinched with a 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace in the previous game. Mel Sterland scored with a penalty.