Dave Jones admits that he will make some of his players unhappy today when he informs the squad of his selection for the QPR match.
But the mood in the camp has been one of togetherness, says the Wednesday manager:
“The training has been a delight and everybody is vying for a place. I haven’t picked the team yet. There’ll be one or two sad faces when I do.
“We’re in a division where it’s not just about quality; it’s about strong players as well. and you need a bit of luck.
“No matter what happens, you stick together. We had a lot of that last season.
“They’re champing at the bit the same. Hopefully we can get off to a good start.
“We’re pleased with the way we have trained and played in pre-season and we hope we continue to improve as the season unfolds.”
Jones thinks that the challenge in 2013-14 will be more demanding than last season’s in view of the money that has been spent or is available to many rival clubs.
While the Owls press to sign another striker, QPR yesterday splashed £4m on Burnley’s Charlie Austin.
“We can’t be as naive as we were last season, when it took us a few months to settle down. We have to use that experience,” added Jones. “The new players who have to come in have to perform.
”The players who are still here have to do it all over again; if they can’t we have to replace them.
“What we did show last season was character, when it was needed.
“We need to push players even harder. The players should be pushed - it’s a club that’s growing.
“Last season has gone - we have to imoprove on that.”