SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones ready to play spot the difference

Check: Reda Johnson is stepping up his comeback. PICTURE: steve ellis
Check: Reda Johnson is stepping up his comeback. PICTURE: steve ellis
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DAVE Jones perhaps does not mean total change when he says he may have to field two different Wednesday sides - one for home games and another for away matches.

But a variation in tactics and, to a certain extent, personnel is on his mind as a possible solution to the Owls’ defensive frailty at some point in the future if current efforts fail.

The first course of action is trying to instil into players what they should be doing in given defensive situations.

So it is unlikely that there will be radical changes this early in the season.

But he reflects: “Maybe we need to look at it a bit differently away from home, maybe change it around a bit so we’re a bit more solid - and we bore the pants off supporters sometimes! - just to give us a foothold in the game.

“We might end up playing two different teams, home and away.

“At the moment we’re too open because people aren’t doing what they’re expected to do.”

Jones has been spelling out the flaws to the culprits: “The video doesn’t lie. Players can make as many excuses as they like, but when you show them, it’s there.”

The Owls will again be without Lewis Buxton for the Huddersfield game tomorrow because of his hamstring injury. Checks will be made today on Reda Johnson (ankle) and Anthony Gardner (hamstring), who are stepping up their comebacks.

Jones admitted: “We need to get Anthony, Reda and Lewis back. But other players need to step up to the plate as well.”

Some fans have been puzzled by Joe Mattock’s inclusion at right back rather than Kieran Lee, but Jones explained: “Joe can play anywhere across the back four, including right back.

“Kieran has to step up his game to challenge for that position, We brought him in. We probably didn’t expect him to be thrust in this soon.

“But that’s the harsh reality of moving up a level. He’s young; he’s got to learn, like everybody else has - there are some senior players making some basic errors.”

Meanwhile, the Owls have officially announced the appointment of former Preston youth chief Dean Ramsdale as their academy manager in succession to Sean McAuley, who left for US club Portland Timbers.

Former Owls manager Brian Laws has joined Irish club Shamrock Rovers as director of football for the rest of the season.