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Main threat: Michail Antonio has lacked a clinical touch but would be a �7m man playing elsewhere if he could already do everything, says manager Dave Jones

Main threat: Michail Antonio has lacked a clinical touch but would be a �7m man playing elsewhere if he could already do everything, says manager Dave Jones

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TONIGHT’S televised clash with title-chasing Middlesbrough is a special occasion that should be savoured by the Owls.

That is the view of Dave Jones despite the fact that many people will be predicting a home win.

The Owls boss points out that his team have caused plenty of problems for strong and experienced sides.

“It will be a fantastic atmosphere - we should thrive on that as well. We’ll take a lot of fans. Middlesbrough are at the top end; if we’re regarded as an attraction (for TV), we must be doing okay. We’re not going to lie down. We want to do well.

“They’ll probably come out like a house on fire. Friday-night games always seem to be a bit special - this is no different.

“We know how difficult it’s going to be and what we’ve got to do.

“I would be very disappointed if any player at this club wasn’t up for this. It’s what we have worked so hard for.

“It’s not just about picking up your wages: these are the type of games you want to play in; they give you that thrill, get that adrenalin going. This is the reason we play the game.”

Jones says he has had some good battles with his previous clubs against Middlesbrough sides managed by Bryan Robson, Gordon Strachan and the current boss, Tony Mowbray.

“They’re a good club. They’ve played good football for many years. They think they should be in the Premier League, like everybody else. They’ve had some unbelievable names play for them, and look at this club, steeped in tradition. It’s two big clubs going head to head.”

Jones points to the signing of former England centre half Jonathan Woodgate as having added to Boro’s experience and says they are a stable club who have been building for years in an attempt to get back in the Premier League:

“But if we play as well as we can, we are a match for anybody in this division.”

Wednesday, relatively new kids on the block, hope that main man Michail Antonio will become more clinical in his crossing and shooting, but Jones says: “He’s learning and getting better and better...if he could do it all now, he’d be a £7m player and he wouldn’t be here.”