SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Strong words from the boss to keep Gary improving

Middlesborough v Sheffield Wednesday....GOAL...Owls scorer Gary Madine after his equaliser
Middlesborough v Sheffield Wednesday....GOAL...Owls scorer Gary Madine after his equaliser
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OWLS striker Gary Madine needs to keep working on his upper-body strength in order to improve his game, believes Dave Jones.

Madine scored on his comeback to the side in the 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough but has not held down a regular place this season.

“We created chances and Gary put one away,” said boss Jones. “He’s been working at it. It’s a big step for him - his first time at this level. He knows what he’s got to work on. He’s got to get stronger and work on his upper-body strength so he can protect the ball better.

“We know the one thing he can do is finish, but he has to add the extra bits as well to get into the positions to be able to finish and get the shots away.”

Madine equalised at Boro with his first league goal of the season, to add to the one he notched against Fulham in the Capital One Cup.

The 22-year-old also had the chance of a second goal at the Riverside Stadium, when it was 3-1.

Both opportunities came when he found space close to goal. TV showed that he should have been given offside for the first one, but was onside for the second, despite Boro’s protest.

“I was surprised he (Madine) missed the second one,” added Jones. “In those areas he’s normally clinical, as he was with the first one.”

After the game Jones made light of claims that have linked Madine with a loan move to Swindon, which had followed the manager’s revelation that he may have to move someone out and sign someone to improve the team’s cutting edge.

When asked whether there was any news on ins or outs, he said: “I’ll probably find out on Twitter or message boards. Everybody seems to know something.”

He seemed to imply that the very fact Madine was selected on Friday suggested he was not leaving:

“Gary played. Everybody is always speculating about something in football. I’ll have to get on this Twitter, because there seems to be so much information that gets out,” he said.

“What they should do on Twitter is say ‘put your foot through it and clear your lines’; I might read it then.”

Jones was referring to the mistake that he rated as the turning point on Friday. Miguel Llera gave the ball away instead of clearing upfield and Boro took advantage by going 2-1 up.

The Owls boss said it was a “learning curve” for the players and the club.

“They have to keep going and we’ll be okay, but it’s going to be a fight and a scrap,” he said. “We have to learn from the errors we’re making, and learn quickly.”