Batth warms to pairing with Jones

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DANNY Batth says he is pleased with the development of his centre-back partnership with Rob Jones.

The on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers defender is enjoying playing alongside Jones at the heart of Sheffield Wednesday’s back four and feels the understanding between the duo is getting better by the match.

Speaking after the goalless draw with Brentford, Batth said: “Since we’ve been together, we’ve been improving all the time.

“The team around us are solid as well and Stephen Bywater has done a good job in the net.

“It gives us a solid base to play from.”

Given the Owls had recorded seven wins on the spin at Hillsborough, it was no major surprise the Bees came to South Yorkshire to frustrate and defend deep with men behind the ball.

They made themselves difficult to break down and the conservative approach worked as Gary Megson’s side dropped points on home soil for the first time in the 2011/12 campaign.

Wednesday squandered numerous chances to secure the victory and creep above Huddersfield Town into the automatic promotion positions.

But Batth refuses to be downbeat despite the slip-up.

“Our home record has been good,” said Batth, who picked up his third yellow card of the season on Saturday. “Teams are going to look to see what they can do to stop us.”

Aged 21, Batth is set to return to parent club Wolves in the New Year.

The promising centre-half is waiting to find out whether he will be available for selection for the FA Cup tie at Morecambe.

Should Batth not be allowed to feature in Britain’s oldest cup competition, Benin international Reda Johnson, fitness permitting, is likely to step in.