Dave Jones has declared Sheffield Wednesday’s pre-season tour of Portugal a success following their draw with newly-promoted Premier League side Hull City.
The Owls manager reckons their week-long training camp has helped his squad reach fitness ahead of the new season.
One downside is that Danny Mayor, like Reda Johnson and Kieran Lee, did not travel to Portugal due to an ‘unspecified’ injury. The winger is expected to be on the sidelines for two to three weeks.
“It was an excellent trip; the lads have really enjoyed it and they worked hard,” said Jones. “Results are not the be all and end all in pre-season. It is about fitness at this time of year and getting the players back into game mode mentally and physically. We looked at different shapes and formations which will give us a few options if we had injuries.”
Jones felt his players were “tired” against Hull. He said: “We’ve had two sessions a day; the boys have worked hard. It’s been a long week but they will certainly feel the benefit of training in the climate of Portugal.”
Of the stalemate with Hull, Jones said: “I don’t recall either goalkeeper having any real shots to save. The one chance we did create we should have scored. We have to clinical but show patience in other areas of the pitch.”
For the second match in a row, trialist Kamil Zayatte, formerly of Hull, started. He played the entire match, partnering his ex-Tigers teammate Anthony Gardner and then Miguel Llera at the heart of Wednesday’s rearguard. Zayatte will be hoping he has done enough to earn a permanent deal at Hillsborough.