DAVE Jones praised his team’s staying power but gave a “must do better” verdict on the 2-2 draw with Walsall after a stoppage-time equaliser by Gary Madine staved off the first defeat of the new Wednesday manager’s reign.
Jones also homed in on uncharacteristic “poor defending” on the Saddlers’ goals which put them ahead despite a leveller from Ryan Lowe.
But Jones took consolation from the point and also said: “You need a bit of luck sometimes. There was some poor decision-making and we played in the wrong areas at times, against a side who defensively are one of the best in the division. We made it too easy for them.
“We got a bit frustrated, but credit to the players for keeping going.”
Wednesday made four chances in a goalless first half and hit the woodwork twice.
Jones said: “I don’t think we deserved to lose it; I don’t think we did enough to win it, even with the chances we had.
“We needed to get our noses in front. Lowey (Ryan Lowe) had a couple of chances and Michail Antonio rattled the bar twice.
“They’re all ifs and buts. We just have to be a bit better than we were. The players know that. We’re really disappointed.
“We made too many little errors, certainly with their (Walsall’s) second goal.
“We were poor as a team defensively. We got a bit frustrated trying to break Walsall down. It was stop-start, stop-start. It worked for them (Walsall).
“Don’t forget they’re fighting for their lives; they’re not going to lie down.
“We had some good chances - we didn’t look sharp. It’s hard for everybody in that dressing room; they have to keep their heads up and keep going; if we had lost we would have felt even worse.”