DAVE Jones is saluting a return to form for Gary Madine after the striker’s match-winning feat against Fulham.
The Wednesday boss rated it as a telling performance by the striker in addition to his penalty which sealed a place for the Owls in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
It was a first goal of the season for the centre-forward who was the club’s top scorer with 18 in the promotion campaign but has been hindered by foot and knee injuries this summer.
Jones said: “It looked like Gary back at his best. He didn’t really have a pre-season; he’s playing catch-up.
“Fulham had defenders probably four inches taller than him - he still gave them a bit of a going over.
“He’s pleased. He got his penalty and he slotted it in well. Goalscorers want to score goals, and it’s the biggest injection of confidence you can give them.”
Jones, still unbeaten after 17 games as Wednesday manager, also praised the showing of a side that showed five changes.
“I was very pleased. We were well disciplined. We forced Fulham to play long, which they didn’t really want to do,” he said.
“We set traps and it worked. We showed commitment and produced some very good play.
“We created good chances. I am pleased with the overall performance of the team and the players who came in. It’s not easy for them, but it shows the fitness programme we have is working, and there is good competition for places.”
Jones revealed injury niggles for some of the players who were left out: Reda Johnson (ankle), Jermaine Johnson (toe) and Chris O’Grady (foot).