The Bulldozer

Asset: Jose Semedo is great in the tackle, big and strong, says Rob Jonest.           Pictures: Steve Ellis
Asset: Jose Semedo is great in the tackle, big and strong, says Rob Jonest. Pictures: Steve Ellis

OWLS captain Rob Jones has described new midfield player Jose Semedo as The Bulldozer.

Semedo has earned the tag because of his strength in the tackle.

Rob Jones

Rob Jones

Wednesday see the ex-Charlton star’s defensive ability as an important asset.

It is envisaged that he will break up attacks by opponents and help to protect the back four.

He and midfield partner David Prutton have made an impact in pre-season - and Jones sees some useful alliances developing in the team, included his well tested one with Danny Batth, who has returned to the club on loan.

The skipper says of the new midfield duo: “They’ve come in and fitted in extremely well. I think the way we play now is a bit different from how it was when I came in last season.

“It’s good to have those two in front of you.

“Jose is the bulldozer - a big, strong boy.

“David likes to get on the ball and play, and he can do that. They complement each very well.

“You can’t take away JJ on the left; you give him the ball and he excites everybody. Chris Sedgwick, on the other side, has been fantastic with his workrate and endeavour. All over the pitch, you can’t really fault anybody.”

Batth came in for his first pre-season game for the club, in the 0-0 draw with Stoke, after forging a successful partnership with Jones last season.

The skipper reflects: “It’s not long ago since we were playing together week in, week out. I think it only a takes a few minutes to readjust. Against Stoke we fitted in very well.

“I think he’s a bit quicker than me, to be truthful. I think I read it a bit better - I’m 12 years older than him.

“I think the whole back four complement each other, and the goalkeeper [Nicky Weaver]. His experience is very much needed. He made a great save from Kenwyne Jones in the first half on Saturday. He’s vitally important.

“You can’t just look at the back four. Overall, we look strong.”

Jones has also played alongside Reda Johnson and Mark Beevers in pre-season and says the competition for centre-back places is strong.

Gary Megson has already made it clear that defenders will have a responsibility to try to score goals from set pieces.

Jones acknowledges: “It’s vital to shut up shop at one end and to try to get a couple at the other.

“As a defender, you need to know where you need to be and what you need to do to counter-act long throws, free kicks and corners.

“We looked very strong against Stoke; we have done all pre-season. With a bit of tweaking here and there for Saturday, hopefully we’ll be all right.”

Although the squad is not over-blessed with strikers. the captain makes light of the issue of goal-scoring: “It’s something we’ll deal with,” he says.

“Gary Madine scores goals, Clinton Morrison scores goals. Hopefully the back four will chip in somewhere; midfield will have to chip in also. “It’s not a worry. As long as we’re not conceding at the other end, we’re getting points from games.”