Captain Jones determined to ignore the yellow peril

One game away: Rob Jones accepts he may  be banned
One game away: Rob Jones accepts he may be banned
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OWLS captain Rob Jones will strive to play his normal game though he is only one booking away from a two-match ban.

The centre-half must get through another five games without a yellow card if he is to avoid suspension for reaching 10 cautions for the season.

With only 10 matches left and a crucial part of the campaign approaching, Jones is well aware of the yellow peril.

“It’s a difficult one,” said the skipper, who collected his ninth booking in the 3-0 win against Bournemouth.

“But you can’t hold back because then it affects your game.

“It’s in the back of your mind a bit, but not that much. You have to concentrate on the game; if you get booked, you get booked.

“So long as it’s not a silly one. I was a bit disappointed with the one on Saturday.”

Jones has never before reached 10 bookings in a season - he once had nine when he was with Hibernian.

Players reaching 10 before the second Sunday in April receive a two-match ban.

Jones added: “You can’t go out there worrying about being booked. You have to concentrate on what’s expected of you.

“The one on Saturday, I more or less slipped into the other player; I didn’t think it was a yellow card, but I’d given a few (fouls) away before that, and maybe it was an accumulation of free-kicks.

“There are probably two or three bookings that I think I shouldn’t have had. It’s not something I try to keep abreast of, but it catches up with you throughout the season. There are a lot games and it’s a very physical league.

“You don’t want to miss any games, when there are 10 left, 10 important ones, and with the way the division is. You can handle being out when you’re injured; when you’re fit and not allowed to play, it’s difficult to comprehend, but if it happens so be it.”

He and centre-back partner Danny Batth have served one-match suspensions for five bookings. Batth is now on eight, and Reda Johnson has already sat out a two-game penalty for reaching 10.

But Jones is buoyed by the Owls form: “We had a little spell where we couldn’t get a goal, but we’ve got seven in the last two games and it could have been more.

“It seems to be coming together at the right time for the big push at the end of the season.”