SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Jones tells strike pair to be ready

Sheffield Wednesday........Rodri
Sheffield Wednesday........Rodri

WEDNESDAY strikers Chris Maguire and Rodri have to be prepared to take their opportunity in the first team should it come their way.

That’s the message from manager Dave Jones who is set to keep faith with his misfiring forward line today at Portman Road against Ipswich.

The Owls have scored just once in their last three matches but Jones says Maguire and Rodri have to be patient and then show they have the desire to succeed when they play.

He said: “It’s a case of getting them in and getting them confident. But at the moment I just feel that the boys that are there will keep their place, even though they’re not putting the ball in the back of the net.

“Chris has just to bide his time. It’s the same with young Rodri. He has to find that form again.

“A lot of people talk in football about ‘he doesn’t get an opportunity’. The opportunity is the day they walk into the training ground.

“Chris has been working really hard ,as everyone has.

“When they do get on the pitch, whether it’s one minutes, one hour or whatever, you have to go and prove that you can do something.

“That’s your opportunity. You have to make sure you’re mentally and physically prepared, because you never know when your opportunity comes.

“If you’re moping around and feeling sorry for yourself in football then it does have a tendency to throw one on you - that all of a sudden you’ve been propelled into the first team and if you’re not mentally right you’ll struggle.”

Jones, who brought both players to the club, has admitted that Barcelona B loanee Rodri has found it tough to settle into English football.

He said: “Rods has come on a few times. He’s adapting to the way of life here - he’s found it very difficult, I will say that.

“But he’s adapting and getting better and better and his time will come, as it will with everybody else, and he has to keep prepared for that.”

Despite results not going his way, Jones is confident that his team can cope with the pressure of the bottom-of-the-table clash today at Portman Road.

“The game is full of some sort of pressure. It’s not shown in any way or any form. They’re still buoyant and there’s still joviality around the place,” he said.

“I’ve said to them that I feel for them. I wish it would hit one of them on the back of the head and fly in or they score a flukey one.”