Sheffield Wednesday: We must stay calm - Jones

Dave Jones is urging his team to finish the job
Dave Jones is urging his team to finish the job

Dave Jones is urging his Sheffield Wednesday players to stay calm on what could be the decisive weekend in their survival battle.

The Owls manager believes that some clubs will be beset by nerves as they attempt to stay in the Championship.

But he is urging his team to reproduce the same form and attitude that they have shown in their revival over the last few months.

“There will be clubs panicking and worrying. We have to make sure we keep calm and go about our business as we have been doing,” he said.

Wednesday know they will be safe before they kick off at Peterborough at 5.20pm if Wolves and Barnsley lose in earlier games but Jones insists that, no matter what, the Owls are determined to pass a potentially stiff test at London Road.

He says that the mood in the camp is buoyant though two points were dropped at home to Ipswich last week.

“We take the rough with the smooth; we bounce back. We make sure we keep focused on what we have to do.

“We have been close to getting over the line for a few weeks now; but a lot of clubs are saying the same thing.

“We goals that we conceded at Leeds were down to us. Then we picked up a good point at Blackpool; against Ipswich we got done by a long throw, which we shouldn’t have done - I won’t be the only manager who’s said that.

“It’s important that we go to Peterborough to be big, brave and strong, and try to get a result.”

A win would certainly make the Owls safe even if Wolves and Barnsley have picked up points.

Jones also said: “Everybody in the club is relaxed. We know what’s at stake.

“We worked ever so hard last season to get into this division; we want to stay in this division. The players are fighting for their lives. - they have shown that, since the turn of the year.

But with the club almost safe, he warned against any complacency ahead of the contest against fourth-from bottom Peterborough.

“The only ones who’re down are Bristol City, and if you saw them play Hull the other night you’d have thought they were the team at the top, and Hull were at the bottom. You can’t take anything for granted. We have to make sure we do our job.”