SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Patience will be a City Ground virtue

On the way: Gary Madine has been boosted by a first league goal
On the way: Gary Madine has been boosted by a first league goal
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ONE of the messages that Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones had for his side following their trip to Middlesbrough was to cut out the errors.

As they prepare for a second successive away trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, he will also be asking them for discipline and patience against a side becoming noted for keeping the ball.

Under former Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll, Forest are playing the patient, passing style his teams are well known for.

It will, therefore, be a different type of test for the Owls when out of possession at the City Ground, hence Jones stressing they will have to be disciplined, patient and keep their shape.

He will also expect the lessons to have been learned from the Riverside, notably the painful one surrounding the crucial second goal and a sideways pass in a vulnerable area which enabled Emmanuel Ledesma to set up the opportunity.

“Sometimes you have to put your foot through it,” said the Owls’ boss.

“It was so frustrating but you do get punished at this level for errors; it what happens in The Championship. So let’s cut out the errors.”

Jones says his side worked “so hard” to get back into the game and they will have to recreate that work ethic at Forest.

“We have a lot of good players here and we matched Boro for much of the game. We’ve something to take to the next one,” he said.

A big boost was a first Championship goal of the season for Gary Madine (his other was the Capital One Cup winner against Fulham).

“It’s always a boost when a player gets that first league goal; it will do him a lot of good,” said Jones.

It was only Madine’s fourth Championship start of the season, although he has often been used as a substitute.