STRIKER Gary Madine has paid the ultimate compliment to Dave Jones by claiming the Sheffield Wednesday boss could in time go down as one of the greatest manager’s in the club’s history.
Buoyed by their 1-0 victory over Fulham in the Capital One Cup, Madine has described the Owls 17-match unbeaten run under Jones as “absolutely phenomenal” and sees no reason why they can’t achieve back-to-back promotions.
The Gateshead-born player, who bagged the winner against the Cottagers from the spot, said: “I think we’ve got a great chance (of going up). We’re one or two players short but I don’t see why we can’t be up there.
“The gaffer has come in and, all credit to him; he hasn’t lost a game, which is unbelievable. He’s making himself a legend around the place. To go that many games without losing is absolutely phenomenal.
“Everyone is on a high from promotion last season.
“We have some good players and he [Dave Jones] is trying to bring in big names as well. This is a club going places.”
The draw for the third round of the Capital One Cup will be made tonight following the conclusion of the Northampton and Wolves tie. Jones is delighted to be in the hat and wants another match at Hillsborough.
Madine stressed: “The league is the priority but when you get on the pitch you just want to give 100 per cent every time, which I think everyone did [on Tuesday]. We more than deserved the win, We had the better of the chances.”
The 22-year-old got 90 minutes under his belt against Fulham but accepts he is still short of match sharpness.
“I’m not fully fit,” he said. “I’ve had stupid little niggles with my knee and my foot. That will come back with games, I’m not panicking.
“It’s hard playing against quality players in the Championship - and we’ve played a Premier League team in the Cup - when you’re not fully fit.
“You have to be right on top of your game. I think I’m slowly getting there.
Wednesday’s development squad lost 4-1 at Crewe Alexandra yesterday, with youngster Caolan Lavery grabbing a consolation.