Sheffield Wednesday: Bosses are friendly rivals

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy

Dave Jones and Mick McCarthy will be rivals on the touchline at Hillsborough today - but whatever happens on the pitch they will be good pals afterwards.

Ipswich manager McCarthy has spoken of his friendship with Jones, ahead of a game where both will seek a breakthrough victory.

Wednesday have not won at all this season; Ipswich have yet to record an away win.

McCarthy said of Jones: “He’s a very experienced manager and a good manager who has had a lot of success over the years.

“He’s a good man, I like him. You don’t have too many real bosom buddy pals, but he’s a footballing mate.

“They haven’t had a win yet. Does that bode well or not for us? We haven’t had an away win and we’re due one of those.

“We’ve played as well as anybody away from home. I don’t know if anyone will have played as well as us away and not had the results.”

Ipswich feel hard done by in that they got nothing from tough away games against Reading, Wigan and QPR though in general the performances were good.

They also feel that they deserved to win at Birmingham - the result was 1-1, a contrast to Wednesday’s 4-1 beating there.

Owls right back Lewis Buxton said: “Ipswich have scored quite a few goals this season (17 in the league). Coming off the back of a 4-4 draw (against Derby County) - they were 4-1 up - they have plenty of goals in their team.

“They are doing much better this season, Mick McCarthy seems to have turned them around and it will be a tough game, a different challenge to last season, but there’s no reason why we can’t come away with a victory.”

He had not realised that the Owls have yet to play the same back four in two successive league games: “All the way through football the best teams have a settled back four, settled goalkeeper. You might change around the wingers, but the defence is the rock of your team.

“You have to try and get in some consistency, and the only way to do that is constantly play together.

“My aim is to just win matches and stay in the team. We have got to progress, start winning, build a bit of confidence. The only way to do that is start winning games and we have to start that on Saturday. Obviously, we have the break after that and want to be looking positively when we come back.

“It would help to take a bit of pressure off. Once we get that first win, hopefully we can continue on and move up the table.”