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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones salutes away-day Owls as they find perfect formula

Match-winner: Mamady Sidibe celebrates his 25th-minute header. 
picture: steve ellis

Match-winner: Mamady Sidibe celebrates his 25th-minute header. picture: steve ellis

  • by Paul Thompson Sheffield Wednesday
 

JUST perfect - that is how Dave Jones regards his Sheffield Wednesday side’s 1-0 victory at Bolton.

The Owls scored a fine goal thanks to Mamady Sidibe and defended stoutly to build impressively on their wins against Barnsley and Charlton and boost their revival.

“It was a perfect away performance,” said boss Jones. “We frustrated them. We limited them to putting balls in from areas that we wanted them to come in from, and we set up to counter-attack, and it worked perfectly for us.

“We’ve got players who can carry the ball around the pitch for long distances, and it’s a great asset to have.

“In the first half we put Bolton on the back foot. Michail Antonio got in time and time again with sheer pace, and that worries their defenders and stops their full backs from getting forward.”

Jones said that Sidibe’s goal - his first for almost three years - was a “perfect centre-forward’s goal”.

It was a classic header from a Lewis Buxton cross.

Jones added: “He deserved it, because he’s worked his socks off; he’s had a horrendous couple of years.

“With Michail alongside him, we probably caught them unwares a bit.

“They probably thought we were going to string five across (midfield).”

Jones also praised the roles that Kieran Lee and Jeremy Helan played in front of full-backs Lewis Buxton and Reda Johnson, and a second-half save from Chris Kirkland..

The Owls boss added: “We’re getting our rewards for staying strong when things weren’t going for us.

“Probably a month ago we would have drawn or lost that game because we’d made a wrong decision.

“The last five minutes, when we started slashing the ball out a bit, was probably the only thing we’ve done wrong all game.

“It was a solid, away performance, and within that we’ve got power and pace around the pitch.

“At times we rode our luck but when you go away to any side, certainly to a club like Bolton, there’s no way the home side aren’t going to get any opportunity.

“But we put our bodies on the line, and it’s just a great day.”

 

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