SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones hates ‘crazy Championship’

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DAVE Jones has revealed that he hates the Championship “with a passion”.

That is because the Owls boss regards it as ridiculously unpredictable.

Tomorrow’s opponents Peterborough have attracted a reputation for fluctuating form but Jones feels that up-and-down fortunes are a feature of the whole division.

“It’s a crazy division. Win two or three games and all of a sudden you’re talking about being on the tail end of the play-offs. There’s a long, long way to go,” he says. “The teams at the top won’t be there at the end; somebody else will make a move. At the bottom end, somebody else will drop. Look at Blackpool - top of the league, then one month later in the middle of the pack.

“We have to keep growing because we have made a lot of strides in a short space of time - we have to maintain that.”

The Owls will overtake Peterborough and move out of the bottom three if they win tomorrow.

“It’s so tight; its ridiculous,” added Jones. “I hate this division with a passion. You can’t predict it.

“You can go and watch teams and then play against them and they’ll either be outstanding after you’ve seen them play rubbish or they’ll be rubbish after you’ve watched them when they’ve been outstanding. It’s all about what happens on the day and always will be.”

Jones is trying to breed a winning consistency in the Owls: “What I get off our players is that they work hard, they know what we’re trying to do and they will try and do it.

“Every day they are a delight to work with. The majority of them are trying to learn and are growing in confidence and stature day by day.”

Jones could name an unchanged side after the win at Ipswich: “That’s only one game; we have to add to that and keep growing on and off the field.”