SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls told to keep fighting

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WEDNESDAY head for Burnley tomorrow with Dave Jones urging his players to keep their chins up after a sixth successive defeat.

The Owls manager felt that that the team were unfortunate to lose at Wolves and that their fortunes will improve if they persevere.

“It was a hard pill to swallow,” says Jones, convinced that Wednesday should have had an early penalty at Molineux, and unhappy with the circumstances surrouding Wolves’ free-kick winner.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose the last two games. You have to keep believing, because it will turn.

“When they came in at half time, you could see they felt down because they’d conceded. But when we showed them what we should have had, and we’d made chances and done this and that, it’s not as bad as you think.

“You feel as if everything is going against you, but you musn’t allow that to happen.

“I’ve told the players that the fans will stay with them. What we need is a bit of confidence and maybe a bit of luck somewhere along the line to get our noses in front, and we’re trying to make our own luck.

“The thing about this game is that you get another opportunity straight away. We’re getting there.”

Jermaine Johnson may get another outing at right back after he starred in the position, with Kieran Lee (ankle) and Lewis Buxton (hamstring) injured. Joe Mattock switched to left back, and Mark Beevers (twisted knee) and Reda Johnson (bruised foot) were ruled out.

Jones says: “JJ did well, and the two centre halves (Anthony Gardner and Martin Taylor) and Joe Mattock.

“JJ was oustanding. He tackled well. He might have to do it again if the full backs still aren’t fit.

“We haven’t been able to pick a settled back four.”