Sheffield Wednesday: We’re all behind Owls boss

Jacques Maghoma believes the Owls owe manager Dave Jones a good performance.
Jacques Maghoma believes the Owls owe manager Dave Jones a good performance.
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Sheffield Wednesday forward Jacques Maghoma insists under-fire manager Dave Jones has the complete backing of the Owls dressing room despite their stuttering start to the season.

Jones is facing increasing criticism from supporters with the Owls having picked up just four points from their opening seven Championship matches.

Wednesday have yet to win in the 2013/14 campaign and are fourth from bottom after their 4-1 thrashing at Birmingham City last weekend.

But Maghoma, recalled to the starting line-up at St Andrews, claims the squad remain united behind Jones.

“We all support the manager,” the winger told The Star. “For us, as players, we want to do well every game. Our performance at Birmingham was out of character.

“It was disappointing the way we lost. It was a bad day at the office.

“Everyone was disappointed. Everyone was upset and angry at the way we played as a team. We didn’t do enough in the whole game and the goals we conceded were poor.

“As players, we let ourselves down by getting beat by Birmingham, who have been struggling to win games themselves.

“We were all disappointed with the way we performed. The fans kept clapping and cheering us on. It hurt the players the way we lost and the amount of goals we conceded.

“We owe the manager, the staff and everyone connected with Sheffield Wednesday a better performance.”

Maghoma added: “There is only so much the manager can do. He [Jones], and the coaching staff, prepared us right in the week leading up to the Birmingham game but we let ourselves down on the pitch. If the manager is under pressure, so are the players to perform. There is pressure on everyone involved.”