SHEFFIELD Wednesday captain Anthony Gardner has dedicated the victory at Ipswich to Dave Jones.
Gardner also believes the team have shown unity and demonstrated that the manager was right to believe they would bounce back from their bad run.
“We have been threatening to put on a performance like that for the past few weeks but have not had the rub of the green,” says Gardner, in the wake of Saturday’s 3-0 win.
“Away at Blackburn, we played well and should have got something but lost 1-0, and we did well against Leeds.
“We have quality in the squad and we have been putting in performances but there has to come a time when you turn that into results, as we did against Ipswich.
“The manager has been drumming into us about sticking together, keep performing and keep believing, as we have, because we have the quality in the squad to string results together.
“You could see by the performance the boys are fully behind the manager, and he has total faith in the players.
“We are a tight-knit group and we will stick together to push up the league.
“That was for the manager. He has worked hard to get us compact and firing on all cylinders and he will be happy we have gone out and stuck together and put on a performance for him, the club and the fans.”
The Owls ended a run of 10 games without a win after Ross Barkley put them ahead after 45 seconds.
“It is always nice to score first and to score early,” added Gardner. “It has been a problem for us to not be able to get a start.
“We felt solid as a unit, and as a team we have to be happy with our first clean sheet and our first away (league) win.”
Barkley starred on Saturday and hit two goals.
Gardner said: “ You could see the quality he has, two good feet and comfortable on the ball. He has Premier League class but it is good for him to be playing here for his football education.”