DAVE Jones is looking for an impact from new boys Jay Bothroyd and Martin Taylor as the Owls bid to pick themselves up after the manager’s 17-match unbeaten run was ended at Crystal Palace.
Jones will spend the international break working on ways to fine tune his side - with defending one of the issues after two goals were conceded in a game for the fifth time this season.
Bothroyd, on loan from QPR, and centre half Taylor, signed from Watford, were not handed instant debuts after their signings late on Friday.
“Jay didn’t do too well at QPR; he knows that,” said Jones, who was Bothroyd’s boss at Cardiff when he won his England cap. “He’s got to get his career up and running again.
“He’s got a good opportunity here. He has to fight for his place like everybody else. We have good competition. If he delivers what he’s good at, we’ve got a very, very good player.”
When asked whether the 30-year-old could get another England cap, Jones said: “That’s up to Jay. There are players who have done it who never thought they’d get another one.
“He’s certainly got the ability. But he just didn’t kick on. For whatever reason that is, I don’t know. But their loss is hopefully my gain again.
“He’s got a lot of work to do, and he knows that. He’s a super lad. He’s got a good talent. Hopefully I can press the right buttons again with him.”
Taylor was on the bench on Saturday. Jones said: “We were surprised they [Watford] let him go. We needed another centre half with a bit of experience and organisation; he’s certainly got that.”
Jones admitted the Owls will work at defending: “It’s a very fine line, because we don’t want to stop our attacking prowess. We need a bit more care. The longer we’re together, the more we’ll get that.
“It’s very difficult for me to knock them, because they’ve been absolutely superb.
“But when you lose a game you’re annoyed and it’s normally a mistake that’s cost you a goal. We made too many. They’re the things we’ll be working at, as a well as still going forward.”