We’re all in this together, says Jacques, as new boy McPhail looks forward to making his Owls home debut on derby day

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Jacques Maghoma has revealed that Sheffield Wednesday’s players are all taking collective responsibility for their poor start to the season, insisting: “We’re all in this together”.

Wednesday’s miserable start to the season continued on Saturday with a 4-1 demolition at Birmingham City, with on-loan Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard scoring all four goals on his debut.

The Owls go into Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers, therefore, still looking for their first win of the Championship campaign. They currently sit 21st in the table, one place above the drop zone on goal difference.

Paul Dickov’s Rovers are two points, and two places, higher and Maghoma, speaking after Saturday’s demolition at St Andrews, admitted: “We are all to blame.

“We let the manager and the club down. We have to pick ourselves up, look at the mistakes we made and try to correct them.”

Maghoma arrived at Hillsborough in the summer after catching the eye at League Two side Burton Albion, scoring 18 goals last season, and has no doubts about the mental strength of his Hillsborough team-mates.

“We are a strong group, and we have got strong characters in the team,” the 25-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur trainee added.

“We are all friends here; we all talk, laugh and want to work hard for each other.

“We are all in it together, and we have all got each other’s backs.”

Meanwhile Stephen McPhail, who made his Owls debut against Birmingham, can’t wait to make his home bow in Saturday’s derby against Rovers.

“I can’t wait to get out there on Saturday,” McPhail said.

“I’ve played many times down the years at Hillsborough, the fans are vocal, the atmosphere is fantastic and it’s a superb stadium.

“It will be a tough challenge but we need to get a couple of wins under our belt. I’m positive the results will come and we can start looking up the table.”

McPhail, of course, worked with current Owls boss Dave Jones at Cardiff City, and admits he couldn’t wait to link up with his former mentor once again.

“I couldn’t wait to get going,” the 33-year-old former Barnsley man added,

“I’d been training with the squad for a few weeks, and I knew I wanted to sign as soon as I walked through the gates.

“There’s a good atmosphere here, the lads are working hard for each other and are desperate to get that first win.

“As soon as I came into contact with the manager, I just wanted to sign my contract.

“I worked with Dave at Cardiff for many successful years, he knows how I work and that I will give everything I’ve got.”