Owls ready for big one

Npower League Divison one ''Sheffield Wednesday vs Chesterfield.''Loen Clarke fires Wide
Npower League Divison one ''Sheffield Wednesday vs Chesterfield.''Loen Clarke fires Wide
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WEDNESDAY are on the up as they head towards next Sunday’s Sheffield derby, says captain Rob Jones.

The defender believes that the Owls are an improving side - aided by team spirit, growing confidence and the professionalism of Gary Megson.

Saturday’s victory against Chesterfield was the team’s fourth win in a row and it lifted them into second place.

Jones also thinks that some of his team-mates are better than they realise.

“This team is improving all the time,” he said. “Confidence is the main factor. I think some of the players at this club don’t realise how good they are. We are slowly finding out where some of these players can go.”

Megson’s methods include the disciplinary code about which the manager he spoke last week. Jones says: “You’ve got to toe the line. We are a professional club and you’ve got to do things professionally to give yourself opportunities to go where you want to. If people fall by the way, they get punished. It’s simple.

“There was no problem, there is no problem, at our club. You see that week in week out. We have fantastic camaraderie in the dressing room and on the pitch and that will continue whether there are rules put in place or not.”

Jones also made light of the ban on alcohol in the players’ post-match lounge: “It doesn’t make any difference. The alcohol was for the friends and family who came into the lounge. Now it has been removed, we just continue as usual.

“Rules are there to be abided by; we all understand that. Professional footballers’ careers are not as lengthy as most others so we have got to put everything possible into our short career. If that means toeing the line here or there, that is what you have to do.”

Megson is pleased with the club’s progress: “We’ve won all six games at Hillsborough, and all of our last four games; Gary Madine is the division’s top scorer, and defensively were are looking a lot more solid than we were.

“We can now start concentrating on a game that others have been concentrating on for about three weeks. It’s a huge game and we go into in good heart.”