Inspirational Jones leads Owls’ surge up the table

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MAN mountain Rob Jones is in superb form ahead of the Steel City derby and is in the team for the second week running.

I had the pleasure of being at Hillsborough on Saturday and thought Jones was outstanding. He headed everything out of the danger zone, got through a raft of tackles, made some important interceptions and was positionally excellent throughout.

Right now, Jones is the lynchpin of Sheffield Wednesday’s back four and he is likely to be a key figure at Bramall Lane if Gary Megson’s side are to pick up a positive result.

In the centre, Jones is partnered by Aaron Downes.

There were two gritty performances from Dale Tonge and Julian Bennett in the full-back slots. Having shaken off his injury problems, Tonge has been a steady performer for the Millers, who suffered their fourth successive league defeat, at the hands of Burton Albion.

Bennett gets the nod on the left-hand side and now boss Megson has to choose between him and Reda Johnson for the Sheffield United cencounter.

He may have conceded his first goal since joining Wednesday on loan, but goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has been a calming influence at the back for the League One high fliers.

In midfield, Alex Mendy was lively in flashes while Ben Marshall created the opener and scored the decisive third at home to Chesterfield. Mark Randall passed and probed in the middle of the park and Danny Harrison tried his hardest to spark Rotherham into life.

On current form, I can’t leave out Gary Madine, and Gareth Evans earns his place after an impressive cameo as a substitute at Don Valley Stadium.

Chosen ones

Stephen Bywater (Owls)

Dale Tonge (Millers)

Rob Jones (Owls)

Aaron Downes (Spireites)

Julian Bennett (Owls)

Alex Mendy (Spireites)

Danny Harrison (Millers)

Mark Randall (Spireites)

Ben Marshall (Owls)

Gareth Evans (Millers)

Gary Madine (Owls)