Sheffield Wednesday: Pearson out to deepen Owls woes

Nigel Pearson says that the Owls could be dangerous
Nigel Pearson says that the Owls could be dangerous
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Nigel Pearson and Jamie Vardy will put sentiment aside and concentrate on doing a job for Leicester against Wednesday tonight.

Foxes manager and ex-Owls captain Pearson is a friend of Dave Jones, and on-form striker Vardy is a Wednesday fan.

But Pearson, with his team top of the table, said: “We have to concentrate on ourselves. You can get side-tracked by what happens elsewhere.

“Dave Jones is a friend of mine. It is never easy to see people you know lose their job. He has had some great times at Sheffield Wednesday but for whatever reason it just hasn’t happened for him this season. I am disappointed for him but that is the game we work in.

“We have to keep focused on our own performance and go there with the same intention that we would have had before. It doesn’t change our preparation.

“It could potentially be a dangerous time to play them. That would be a relevant argument. But our preparation has to remain the same. We go there with the intention of winning the game. Anything else that is going on, we have to focus on ourselves and not get caught up in any other stories that are going on.

“The only complication is that whoever is in charge for this game will have different ideas on how they shape up. That could throw up one or two variants in terms of how they line up and personnel, but it will be the same squad of players we are up against. “We have to make sure whatever problems they are capable of causing us, we can deal with them. More important we have to produce a level of performance which is up there with what we have produced so far.”

Vardy commented: “I am disappointed to see the situation they are in but they have the players there and should be picking up more points than they have.

“Hopefully we will get the three points. It will be interesting, me being a Wednesday fan, but I am there to do a job and that is to help Leicester get three points.”