Sheffield Wednesday: Sweet 16 puts Owls in good spirits for Reds

Yellow peril: Owls' David Prutton is booked.               Picture: Steve Ellis

Yellow peril: Owls' David Prutton is booked. Picture: Steve Ellis

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones says his team deserve more credit for their good form as they prepare for Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley at Hillsborough.

The Owls have lost just four times in 16 league matches. Included in that run is games against five of the top six clubs - Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Watford, Leicester City and Nottingham Forest.

It has left Wednesday in control of their own destiny with regards to staying in the Championship or being relegated. However, three defeats in their last four outings sees them just one place above the drop-zone and behind the Reds, who have won their last two matches.

Jones told The Star: “We just have to keep it going. People keep telling me how well Barnsley have been doing, and pointing out some of the good results that other teams around the bottom end of the table have had.

“But haven’t we been doing okay?

“We were hoping to get around nine points, if not more, from our last five games, all of them against the top-six sides - we got six, but we were very hard done by not to get another three at Watford.

“If we’d have won there, as we would have done if the officials had been on the ball, we’d have got the nine points.

“Barnsley and Bristol City (away on Easter Monday) are big games.

“But we’ve got nine left and they’re all big games.

“We’ve been on form, generally speaking, over the last three months; we have to maintain that form.”

It’s more than likely that Wednesday will have to do without midfielder David Prutton at some point during the next nine games.

Prutton picked up his 14th booking of season, for bringing down Fraizer Campbell in Cardiff game.

The Bluebirds were counter-attacking at the time so it may be said that Prutton ‘took one for the team’ on that occasion. However, he gets an automatic three-match ban if he gets a 15th booking any time this season.

Wednesday are urging fans to buy their tickets before Saturday. The Owls are expecting a crowd of more than 30,000, which would be their highest gate of the season.

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