Sheffield Wednesday captain Rob Jones believes the club has had the best possible start to the new campaign.
Jones, who was named skipper during pre-season by manager Gary Megson, led from the front on Saturday against Rochdale as he opened the scoring in a comfortable 2-0 win for the Owls at Hillsborough.
The 31-year-old rose highest from a long throw in by Julian Bennett to thump a header over Dale goalkeeper Jake Kean.
He said: “It was a great throw by Julian; he throws it a long way, all I had to do was get my head on it the power was already there.
“The main thing was to get three points though. And the way we did it was very pleasing.”
Wednesday had few scares against a Rochdale side that impressed many last season when new Barnsley boss Keith Hill was in charge.
Jones believes the jitters of playing in front of a large home crowd, which have affected Owls teams in recent years, are a thing of the past.
“We showed in pre-season (against Leeds and Stoke) that we’re playing well at home. We’ve gained confidence from that.”
The only blemish for Jones was a booking picked up during an altercation with Rochdale defender Neal Trotman. However, it did show that the 6ft 7in centre-half is up for a battle this season.
“It was a silly booking, to be honest,” he said. “I didn’t think I was making a particular point I just reacted to something I didn’t like. But that’s the way I am.”
As a no-nonsense defender Jones is sure to approve that a clearance to ‘Row Z’ will stay there until retrieved. The Football League ended the multi-ball approach at its AGM in June that 30 clubs used last season.
Ball boys won’t be able to throw on a different ball once the original match-ball leaves the field of play.
A striker who was on trial with Wednesday has joined League One rivals Preston North End. Juvhel Tsoumou played all the match for the Owls in their friendly against Stoke.