DAVE Jones is calling on his team to come out fighting and make sure there is no repeat of last night’s collapse against Watford.
The Owls boss is demanding more from his players after they crumpled 4-1 despite taking an early lead.
Jones also questioned why Chris Lines took a vital penalty, which would have put the Owls 2-1 up but was saved.
“Why did we (the team) allowed him to take it? All credit to him for taking responsibility.” But Jones felt that someone else should have seized it.
He also slammed defensive errors from a throw-in and two free-kicks that cost goals and said confidence drained away.
“They (the players) are better than that, but they have to show it. I’ll stand here and take as much flak as there is to take, But they’ve got to give better than that second-half performance. They can’t hide.
“I never tackled or headed a ball. But I’m with them. We have to stick together. “
He said that the majority of the players last night “did not stake their claim”.
He added: “We’re going through a very, very rough time. The way is to come out fighting, be strong and brave.”
Jones feels his management record stands up to scrutiny and that the high turnover of Hillsborough managers in the last 10 yewars shows that “chopping and changing isn’t the right answer; it’s the only job in the world where people think it is”.
“Have I become a bad manager overnight? My record is there to be looked at.
“It’s not a bad record.”