Toughest test yet for Jones

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DAVE Jones will encounter his most difficult test as Sheffield Wednesday manager on Saturday as his side face Keith Curle’s resurgent Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Since succeeding Gary Megson at the Hillsborough helm, former Cardiff boss Jones has guided the Owls to successive home wins – and introduced a mouth-watering brand of football which has delighted fans.

On-loan Reading winger Michail Antonio netted three goals in a week as Wednesday beat Bury 4-1 and Bournemouth 3-0. But County, who currently occupy sixth place in League One, are enjoying their own revival under Curle.

Since taking charge last month, Curle has yet to taste defeat and his side, galvanized by the loan signing of former Sheffield United junior Jonathan Forte, demolished league leaders Charlton 4-2 at The Valley last weekend.

After United’s 1-1 draw at Colchester on Tuesday night, Wednesday now trail their Steel City rivals by two points with 10 games of the League One season remaining. The Owls still have six games to play at home – kicking off with Tuesday night’s visit of 20th-placed Walsall, who shocked United earlier this month with a 3-2 win.

After last week’s two home wins, Wednesday boast the league’s best record on home turf and Mike Jones, who has enjoyed a particular personal resurgence after being restored to the starting eleven, insists they are well placed to gain automatic promotion to The Championship.

“The promotion race is interesting, and all we can do is keeping winning games,” said winger Jones, a £75,000 signing from Bury. “If we keep winning and stay focused on breaking into the top two, then we give ourselves every chance.”

Jones could soon welcome back Jermaine Johnson to the first team fold. The mercurial winger has spent a month on the sidelines with a knee injury. Continued from back page

their Steel City rivals by two points with 10 games of the League One season remaining. The Owls still have six games to play at home – kicking off with Tuesday night’s visit of 20th-placed Walsall, who shocked United earlier this month with a 3-2 win.

After last week’s two home wins, Wednesday boast the league’s best record on home turf and Mike Jones, who has enjoyed a particular personal resurgence after being restored to the starting eleven, insists they are well placed to gain automatic promotion to The Championship.

“The promotion race is interesting, and all we can do is keeping winning games,” said winger Jones, a £75,000 signing from Bury. “If we keep winning and stay focused on breaking into the top two, then we give ourselves every chance.”

Jones could soon welcome back Jermaine Johnson to the first team fold. The mercurial winger has spent a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.