Captain says Owls are on long road to recovery

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Sheffield Wednesday captain Rob Jones is focusing on the long haul of the League One season as he leads the Owls at Yeovil today.

Jones has been as confused as all the Owls players at the team’s difference in form between Hillsborough and on their travels but says the 46-match season should be taken in context.

He said: “It has been a fantastic start at Hillsborough but we know we have to improve on our away form.

“It is early days and there are lots of games still to play. Hopefully we will be in the mix towards the end of the season.

“Our preparation (at away matches) is exactly the same. We are a very professional club. The way we do things is the same from the travel to the food. It is top class.”

Jones, aged 31, was handed the captaincy in the summer by Megson after impressing during a loan spell from Scunthorpe at the end of last season.

He said his own form is still a work in progress but is revelling in partnering 20-year-old Danny Batth at the heart of Wednesday’s defence: “I am enjoying playing with him.

“He is going to be another top player. He is a great defender and he works extremely hard.

“On the training ground, he is probably one of the last lads to come off the pitch every day. He has got a good future ahead of him.

“There are still bits I can improve. I’m happy with some bits and not so happy with others. I know I am one of the older players at the football club but I want to progress.”

Meanwhile, Owls boss Gary Megson says the club have failed in a bid to have Jermaine Johnson’s three-match suspension overturned. The winger was sent off at Stevenage on Tuesday.

He said: “Really disappointed, really galling. He shouldn’t have done it. He didn’t exactly boot the kid, but by the letter of the law he’s going to get suspended. We missed him from the start of the season.”

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