Jones calls for collective spirit

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DAVE Jones has issued a passionate rallying call after Sheffield Wednesday suffered their fifth consecutive defeat, insisting: “We must stay in this together”.

Wednesday’s woes throughout September continued on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup, with a 2-0 loss to Premier League side Southampton following similar reverses against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers.

The Owls visit Wolves on Saturday perched perilously above the Championship relegation zone, and Jones said: “We are all in this together.

“The chairman; the staff; the players and the supporters are all battling for the same thing. And the frustrating thing is that we are not that far away.

“But if we continue to give goals away and if we defend poorly, we will not win football matches. It’s as simple as that.”

Indeed, although Wednesday have hardly set the Championship alight in terms of goals, they are hardly shot-shy either and only three clubs have scored more on home turf in the league.

It is, however, at the other end where the root of their problems can be found, as no club has shipped more goals at home than the entertaining – but frustrating – Owls.

Jones’ task of addressing the slide is made altogether more difficult by an ever-increasing population of the Hillsborough treatment room. The Owls boss admitted that he would have liked to have fielded the same side that lost 2-1 to Bolton at the weekend, but was forced to make seven changes due to injuries.

“I wouldn’t have made all those changes [from Bolton], but I had no choice,” Jones said. “Martin Taylor and Ross Barkley were injured, Rhys McCabe has a thigh injury, Jay Bothroyd has a knee injury and Chris Kirkland had a back spasm. But we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves.

“We will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again, ready for Wolves in the league on Saturday.”

Kieran Lee is another doubt for the visit to the Midlands, after suffering a cut ankle against Southampton.

Midfielder Paul Corry, signed from Irish side University College Dublin, made his full Owls debut at Southampton and tweeted: “It was nice to get my first start under my belt – it was a difficult game to come into, but I’m happy enough.”

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