DAVE Jones feels that his side paid the penalty for playing “suicide football” as Sheffield Wednesday slipped to defeat at table-topping Middlesbrough last night.
The Owls fought back after going behind early and were rewarded by an equaliser from the recalled Gary Madine, just after half time.
But boss Jones judged that a crucial error later in the second half led to Boro’s second goal and tipped the balance their way.
Jones said: “I am fed up of saying it; I am so frustrated. We wrestled the game back and got in charge of it then we committed football suicide.”
The ball was given away in the Owls’ half and though Jones did not name the culprit, he is believed to have been referring to Miguel Llera. Boro seized possession and scored as a result. Jones added: “Why we have played the ball in there, I don’t know. We had done it twice before and got away with it. Why we went and did it a third time is beyond me.
“We gave a sloppy pass instead of putting your foot through it. The player knows he has made a mistake that cost us a goal. Their first goal came from their first attack. It is so hard on them because they worked so hard.”