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Sheffield Wednesday: Jones asks players for Christmas switch-on

On target: Miguel Lleras goal did not prevent a 3-2 home defeat.

On target: Miguel Lleras goal did not prevent a 3-2 home defeat.

DAVE Jones is urging his players to learn the lesson of the last home game as they bid to earn a second successive victory today.

The Owls won at Barnsley last week but boss Jones looks back to the visit of Bristol City a week earlier to point out how costly lapses can be.

Wednesday were 2-1 up after goals from Miguel Llera and Gary Madine but ended up losing a crunch game 3-2 because of two late goals.

Jones believes that his team are capable of being more than a match for Charlton so long as they keep full concentration this time.

He explained: “Charlton have a good away record (four wins and four draws in 11 games); they make it difficult for teams and try to counter-attack you.

“Every team in this division is a tough one; look at the Bristol City game; we were 2-1 up; maybe we switched off; maybe we thought we’d done it. That’s what we can’t afford to do.

“We have to be at our best again and see what happens.”

Jones also feels that the Owls deserve to be at least eight to 10 points higher in the table - which would have put them at around the same level as today’s opponents.

He feels that the difference between the two promoted sides has been not in their respective abilities to settle into the Championshiop but in decision-making at vital moments in games, plus the element of luck.

“There’s still a great camaraderie at this club,” he added. “As long as we don’t lose that, we’ve got a chance. Maybe it’s turning. The lads still have a long way to go.”

Jones includes the fans in the feeling of togetherness: “Walking off the pitch last week, it was a fantastic atmosphere, and there were a lot of smiles on faces.

“It was hard work on the pitch, and it was hard work watching it, but the fans see a commitment and desire. Along with that, there were a lot of good things done.

“The support at home and away has been superb. One thing I got from the fans last Saturday was that they are right behind everybody.”

Anthony Gardner believes that the team can improve their game. He said: “We have the spirit and fight. But we need the quality too because there are a lot of tough teams in this league. Everyone has to look at improving themselves as individuals in training and that can only help the team.

“We need to improve our quality of passing. If we can do that, there is every chance our results can improve.

“We showed a lot of resilience and character and that’s what you need at the bottom of the table, especially away from home. It was a small platform which we need to build on.”

Did you know? When Wednesday last beat Charlton, it was 4-1, in January, 2009, and the scorers were Marcus Tudgay, 2, Darren Potter and Francis Jeffers. One of Tudgay’s goals was a penalty.

 

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