Jones backing Owls to pass test

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CAPTAIN Rob Jones believes that the Owls can overcome a test of character in the derbies against Chesterfield and United as they bid to recover from the rare experience of two successive league defeats.

The skipper insists that Wednesday can revive their bid for automatic promotion and bounce back as they have done in the past.

“There are 15 games and 45 points to play for,” he said. “The next two were big games anyway, irrespective of how the league form was going; the fact that we’ve lost two has added a bit more.

“It’s a big week for us, a test of character; it will show what characters we have in our dressing room; it’s a very good one - people react in the right manner and do things in the right manner.

“We’re third in the division. It’s not doom and gloom or panic stations. It’s about getting back to business the sooner the better.”

Depending on this weekend’s results the Owls could remain in a position to overtake the Blades if they win the city derby.

Jones felt that the Owls played well at times against Stevenage and did not lack effort or determination. “Luck just didn’t go with us. We have to work hard and hopefully our lucky returns, we get the goals going and we’ll be fine.

“There’s lots to do, lots to play for. It’s not as if there’s a rush of games and the season is about to finish.

“When we’ve had a little spell before when we haven’t won, we’ve responded, and that’s what we should be looking for again.”

Wednesday lost at Bournemouth and Bury in August but won their next game, against Notts County.

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