Sheffield Wednesday: Jones defiant as Owls face daunting task

Still believing: Dave Jones is targeting an upset result at Cardiff.
Still believing: Dave Jones is targeting an upset result at Cardiff.
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DAVE Jones is keeping faith in his squad’s ability to haul themselves out of trouble.

The Owls manager demanded more fight from the players after Tuesday’s defeat by Watford but he insists: “They have not become bad players overnight.”

Jones also believes that his team can pull off a shock result against his old club, Cardiff, who top the table with a 100 per cent home record.

“I have always beleved that if I put a team out it’s going to get a result. You can’t go into a match thinking you’re going lose,” says the Owls chief, who managed Southampton and Wolves in the Premier League.

“It was the same when I went to places such as Manchester United and Arsenal. If you don’t believe, don’t go out there.

“It’s about believing and staying together. I have plenty of confidence in my ability, and I have confidence in this group of people to turn it around.”

Jones is unsure what reception he will get tomorrow but says he holds no bitterness against the club who sacked him: “I look forward to going back anywhere; I did my time there. It wouldn’t matter if I’d been there 20 years; I’m employed by this club.

“My time (at Cardiff) is done. I did quite well. If you look at where they were and where they are now, I was part of that. A new manager has taken it on; he’ll want to take it to the next level, and so on and so on.

“I’m going there with a team that’s trying to beat Malky Mackay’s team. The day I left, it wasn’t my team, it wasn’t my club.

Jones also insists that he has left all his clubs, Stockport, Wolves, Southampton and Cardiff, whom he left in May of last year after six years there, in better shape then when he joined them.

“They (Cardiff) have been a decent side for six years. Now they’ve got the investment, what they needed all those years ago. We always had to sell our best players, every January, June, just to keep going; now they’ve got backers who can buy and get them where they’re going,” he said.

“I’ve got no animosity towards the club whatsoever, and I hope they achive what they’re trying to achieve, I hope this club does as well.

“I’m going there to do battle and try to take three points away from them. If that helps me, that’s all I’m after.

“Three or four times when I was there, they were going into administration, but we staved it off, kept in the division and tried to get into the (Premier) division without the backing they’ve got now.

“I’m not jealous of the club or the manager. I did my bit, It’s on somebody else to do it now.”

Jones await checks on Anthony Gardner (hamstring), Rhys McCabe (ankle), Jay Bothroyd (foot) and Lewis Buxton (hamstring) before deciding on his line-up. Bothroyd will be desperate to play against the club where he spent three years.

Did You Know? The match at Cardiff Stadium City kicks off at 3pm and is not being televised. It was switched to avoid a clash with today’s Wales v Australia rugby match at the Millennium Stadium.