Antonio’s a quick learner as boss slows him up

Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield Utd.....Owls Michail Antonio
Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield Utd.....Owls Michail Antonio
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MICHAIL Antonio’s pace has restored an exciting new dimension to the Owls since the speedy Jermaine Johnson was injured.

But Dave Jones believes that the on-loan winger can be an even bigger threat if he slows at times.

He explained: “Michail’s got a talent, he’s very quick. Sometimes you can be too quick.

“You want to be walking, lazy, you want to be lulling the other team into a false sense of security.

“I thought he did it very well.”

Antonio starred with two goals and one assist in the 4-1 win against Bury.

The winger was also required to track back and help out where appropriate, when Bury attacked. “I’m sure the previous manager asked that, as well,” added Jones.

Antonio says that he has been encouraged by the manager: “He’s been talking to me and telling me things where he is helping my game.”

But Jones said he took no credit for Antonio’s performance against Bury: “It’s nice of him to say that, but I do that with everybody. If I can say something that I think can help, that’s my job. He seems to be responsive to what we say to him.

“All I’m doing is to encourage him to do something different. Next week he might come saying I’ve absolutely lambasted him because he’s not done something.”

Antonio was also asked to cut inside more in the Bury game, instead of going on the outside of his full-back.

Strikers Gary Madine and Ryan Lowe were required to be a ‘wall’ so passes could be played in to them and play be built up from there.

Antonio’s explosive runs were a problem for Rochdale at Spotland last Saturday but his shooting and passing were wayward that day.

The Reading flier was signed by Gary Megson a week before he was sacked.

Another Megson target, striker Matt Tubbs, was signed by Bournemouth from Crawley for £800,000 but was dropped last week.

Tubbs was part of a £1.6 million spending spree by the Cherries in the January transfer window.