SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Easter rising

Another three points: Gary Madine celebrates his goal yesterday.          Picture: Steve ellis
Another three points: Gary Madine celebrates his goal yesterday. Picture: Steve ellis
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WEDNESDAY are being aided by a growing feelgood factor as they keep automatic promotion in their sights, says Dave Jones.

The Owls are back in second place ahead of United after taking a maximum haul over Easter.

But boss Jones points to the spirit in the camp as a big asset on top of the six points well earned against Huddersfield and Oldham.

“It’s not a bad tally. We’ve just got to keep it going. There’s a great spirit amongst them,” says Jones.

“They’re all in it together. There’s a great camaraderie. That’s getting strong and stronger. You can feel that.

“Winning helps. It doesn’t matter if you’re in football or any walk of life: it’s the feelgood factor.

“If you’re doing okay and there’s a good feeling around the place, everybody works that bit harder.

“There really is a good willingness to work and do things right and listen; they’ve done that since the day I walked in.”

The Blades have a chance to go back above the Owls when they play away to bottom club Rochdale tonight.

It is increasingly a straight fight between the city rivals for second place with Huddersfield losing at Bournemouth yesterday after being beaten by the Owls last Saturday.

Goals by Gary Madine, Miguel Llera and Ryan Lowe sent Oldham crashing to a 3-0 defeat at Hillsborough yesterday.

Jones said that several players had suffered knocks or strains after playing two games in three days.

Left-back Reda Johnson will have a scan on the thigh injury that he suffered at Huddersfield and it is not yet known how long he will be out.

Right-back Lewis Buxton stayed off at half-time yesterday with a knock.

“It was more precautionary. We might lose him for three days rather than three weeks,” said Jones.