SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Effort will save Owls

Determination: Chris Lines, in action at Cardiff, said 'keep that up and we'll be fine'.
Determination: Chris Lines, in action at Cardiff, said 'keep that up and we'll be fine'.
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DAVE Jones is banking on his players’ effort and willpower to boost their survival bid.

The Owls turned in a battling performance though they suffered a sixth successive defeat, at Cardiff.

They were beaten only by a late goal as his old club preserved their 100 per cent home record.

The Wednesday boss feels that sometimes opposing sides have greater and costlier quality but that his players responded to last week’s defeat by Watford by showing graft and resolve.

And Gary Madine and Chris Lines have both said that the team were unlucky to lose 1-0 yesterday.

Jones commented: “We’re playing teams who have probably spent far more than us and we’re living with them.

“You just need a bit of luck but you’ve got to earn it. We were doing that until they scored because of just one lapse. But in terms of performance, you wouldn’t have said Cardifff were top and we’re at the bottom.

“We haven’t spent the money that probably 10 other clubs have spent.

“We have a lot of players who have not played at this level and are having to adjust to that.

“Our players might not be as good as some here (at Cardiff) but with sheer determination and willpower they’ll win more than they lose.

“They’re giving everything they’ve got.

“Sometimes it’s the lack of a bit of qualitiy that’s the difference. You pay for that. I can’t fault them for their effort.”

Jay Bothroyd missed the game and will be out for two or three weeks with an ankle ligament injury. Jose Semedo missed out after suffering a seven-inch gash under his knee in training.

Chris Lines said on Twitter: “The hard work and determination we showed was first class...deserved a point...we keep that up we’ll be fine...massive next week now.”

The Owls play fellow strugglers Bristol City at home next Saturday.

Gary Madine tweeted: “If we work like that every game from now we’ll be ok. Very unlucky, think all the travelling fans will agree.”