Manager Dave Jones has warned Sheffield Wednesday they can ill-afford to feel sorry for themselves when they travel to Rotherham United tonight.
The Owls make their first ever trip to the New York Stadium still smarting from losing 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers last weekend.
While he was encouraged by his team’s showing at Loftus Road, Jones blasted referee Scott Mathieson for denying them two penalities. He claimed the official got “two big calls” wrong as Wednesday narrowly lost their Championship opener.
Now Jones is seeking an instant response against Steve Evans’ side.
He said: “There were one or two moans on Sunday and they (the players) were very disappointed. We played really well at QPR but sometimes things goes against you.
“We felt a little hard done by but what can we do. We said to them ‘you get up and get ready and go again’. There is nothing else you can do.
“You can’t feel sorry for yourself. We’ve got another opportunity to try and get it out of our system and get a win under our belt.”
Miguel Llera, Rhys McCabe, Jacques Maghoma and Gary Madine will be in contention to make their first starts of the 2013/14 campaign should Jones opt to rotate his side.
Joe Mattock is an injury concern for the Owls. The left-back sustained a kneeproblem at QPR and was sent for a scan yesterday. Reda Johnson has recovered from tendonitis and is back in light training and Jones has hinted the Benin international could feature in the South Yorkshire derby.
Jones said: “I remember going to Rotherham’s old ground when I was at Stockport. It is a club who have come a long, long way and it needed to. I have not been to the stadium but everybody I have spoken to says it is a fantastic.
“They did really well last year. Steve (Evans) will want to win just as much as me.”