SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: ‘Owls can build on Leeds performance’

Positives: We have the quality to push on, says Daniel Jones
Positives: We have the quality to push on, says Daniel Jones

OWLS left back Daniel Jones believes that Chris Kirkland’s attacker should have received a longer sentence than four months.

The defender has also branded the assault on the keeper and the chanting that took place at the Leeds game as a “disgrace.”

“They were throwing the backs of chairs on to the pitch as well,” said Jones.

“It ruined a good game of football which we deserved to win.”

The full back is hoping that the Owls can build on their impressive performance against Leeds by earning their first win in 10 games when they go to Ewood Park tonight - as the attack on Kirkland remains a big talking point.

“It was cowardly,” said Jones. “He (attacker Aaron Cawley) should have got longer. You can’t just go and punch somebody in the face.

“If that had been in a nightclub or a footballer had done that to a normal person, he would have been stamped on massively.”

Manager Dave Jones refused to comment on the sentence as he sought to draw a line under the affair.

“That has nothing to do with me; that’s down to the judicial system; I have nothing to say about that,” said Jones at his pre-match press conference.

He did recap, however, on last Friday’s night’s events, and on his belief that the good majority of fans could do more to combat the antics of the minority.

Daniel Jones told how the Owls dressing room was quiet and in something of a state of shock last Friday, and Kirkland was shaken.

“But he’s mentally strong,” said the defender, who also described those who chanted abusively at the Leeds game as “idiots” and said this should have no place in football, though it was hard to stop.

He added: “We take a lot positives from the game, We created a lot of chances. The handball was a definite penalty.

“We were solid through the game. We dealt with just about everything they threw at us. We stopped crosses. We limited them to shots from outside the box. Kirky didn’t have much to do.

“We’re going to give somebody a hiding. It’s going to come; we’re going to score three or four against somebody.

“It’s going to be a tough one against Blackburn. They were doing well. They also had a setback with the manager leaving.

“We’re confident. We do well against big teams.

“It’s going to be exciting for us. When we play the right football, we’re a match for anybody. Hopefully we can do the business at Blackburn for our fans.

“It’s good to prove yourslef against some of the best players in the league.”

The left back knows that Rovers will see the visit of the struggling Owls as an opportunity to end their run of five games without a win.

“They might think that, but we’ll be looking to build on what we did on Friday,” he added.

“We have the quality in our team to push to the top end of the Championship. We’re not panicking.”

Jones seized his chance when he was recalled to face Leeds, in place of Joe Mattock, and is keen to re-establish himself after being in and out of the side. Last season was ruined for him by injury, and in the summr he thought he might have to go out on loan to get games.

“At the start of the season my future was a bit uncertain. The main point idea was to come back for pre-season, stay fit, hopefully gtet a chance and take it.

“Now I’m starting to feel good; I’m training every day and keeping on top of things. I just take every game as it comes and hope to do well in every one.”