Sheffield Wednesday: Dave Jones puts Owls on right track

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DAVE Jones believes that his Wednesday team are back on course after taking 21 points from the last 10 games.

He even wishes that the season was in its early stages so the club would have an even better chance of proving that they can be a Championship force, instead of having only 15 matches left.

The revival - only one defeat in those 10 league games - leaves them still needing to secure safety and compensate fully for two bad runs before Christmas.

The Owls are only two points off the bottom three, but only six below the top 10.

Jones is too experienced to make any rash predictions about what the rest of the season holds:

“I haven’t got that crystal ball,” says the Owls boss, though also implying that teams with vastly bigger wage bills and transfer outlays must have an advantage.

“We’re getting closer to a lot of clubs at this level,” he says, “but we have a lot of things to do to get close to some of the clubs.

“What we did was to start the season ok. Then we had an awful time when we couldn’t buy a win. We believed in what we trying to do and didn’t chop and change those things we believed in, though sometimes we had to chop and change players.

“At the moment it looks like we’re back on track. I wish there were 30 games to go.”

He and the players prefer to look up, rather than down at the teams who are trying to catch them.

Non-committal about the chances of ending in the top 10, he says: “It depends on how we keep it going. Anything is achievable in this division, because there are so many games.

“We still have 15 to go. There a lot of points to be had. But we’ll need those points, one, to get safe, two, to know that we can build and this club is on the right path.”

Wednesday are already attracting the right kind of support: ”We had 25,000 fans here (for the Derby game),” added Jones. “I would think there are a lot of teams in the Premier League who would like 25,000 fans in their stadium.

“We’ll get there. We’re getting there. But it might take a bit longer than we all want.

“If we’re lucky we might get there earlier than everybody thinks. That’s football.”

Did you know? The only other clubs besides Wednesday who are in the bottom 12 and without a league game this weekend because of the FA Cup are Barnsley and Peterborough.