SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Surprise-package Owls ‘must keep believing’

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BOSS Dave Jones claims Sheffield Wednesday’s positive start to the season will make the rest of the Championship sit up and take notice of what is going on at Hillsborough.

Four matches in and the Owls have accumlated seven points out of a possible 12 and are in sixth position in the embryonic table.

Prior to their controversial defeat at Crystal Palace before the international break, Wednesday had gone 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions, 17 under Jones’ leadership.

While happy with the club’s progress, Jones accepts the Owls have to tighten up defensively to flourish in the second tier of English football.

He told The Star: “There is a long way to go but I think we have maybe surprised a few people and ourselves with the way we have performed but we have to keep going.

“There are loads of things we can improve. We can defend and attack better as a team. We have to be more ruthless in certain areas.

“At Palace, we didn’t play as well as we can play or should be playing and yet we could still have won the game never mind lost it.

“We are getting stronger and we have adapted to the division.

“It is going to take a bit of time but I think we have acquitted ourselves reasonably well and we have to continue that work.

“It is a division that’s not very forgiving if you don’t do things right. We are trying to make sure we do the majority of things right to enable us to push on.”

“The quality has got better since I last managed in this league but nothing should frighten us,” he added.

“We have got to focus, keep working hard and keep believing.”