Skipper takes strength from Owls’ flying start

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have been showing strength in depth that will be important this season, says Rob Jones.

The captain is delighted that the club have risen to second in the League One table despite having eight players unavailable for last Saturday’s 3-1 win against Chesterfield.

But he also feels that the acid test of the club’s resources will take shape over the coming months.

“It’s great to be where we are, but there is an awful long way to go,” he said. “We are only two or three months into the season. Do we want to be there at the end of the season? Yes we do.

“But there is a magnitude of work to do, a magnitude of points to accumulate, but we are delighted where we are and delighted we have collected the amount of points we have so far. It goes on.

“Only time will tell if other teams have the same strength in depth.

“We have an array of very good players. Yes, we have a few out but we have a very strong dressing room, starting line-up and bench, and all will be needed throughout the season.”

He says that only at the end of the season will Wednesday know for sure whether or not their strength in depth has been better than others’: “We can only answer that question at the end of the season when we see where we end up. We don’t know yet.”

Jones has been impressive in the last two games, against Hartlepool and Chesterfield, but he says modestly: “Let other people discuss what I do or do not do. I just play and let others describe.”

But he admits: “I love it here. It can’t get any better for me!”

Jones is looking for more of the defending that has seen the Owls concede only one goal in the last three games.

“We had to weather a bombardment [at Hartlepool] in the baking hot sun. We we were disappointed with the [Chesterfield] goal. We had a great reaction from there, going 3-1 up. We made it comfortable again,” he said.

“We had to weather it, not just the back four and the goalkeeper. Gary Madine, is working extremely hard on the defensive side of our unit. The run we have been on keeps the mind focused, especially the home run.”