Jose gives Dave a ‘pass’ mark

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have been given a licence to thrill by new manager Dave Jones, says fans’ favourite Jose Semedo.

Many pundits harshly labelled the Owls a long-ball side who relied heavily on set-pieces to score goals under Gary Megson.

But Jones, targeting a third straight league victory at Notts County this afternoon, is bidding to change the football fraternity’s perception of the club and is encouraging his players to pass their way out of League One.

In his two matches in charge, Jones has overseen a clean sheet and watched Wednesday hit seven goals past Bury and Bournemouth.

Player of the Season contender Semedo said: “He [Dave] said to us to express ourselves and made us really comfortable and that’s why the good results are coming. I think in the last couple of games we have played really good passing football and scored a lot of goals.

“I think we played really well with Gary [Megson] but in a couple of games we created a lot of chances and didn’t score.

“Dave is just trying to relax us and we are training a lot with the ball. He basically wants us to go out and express ourselves and to not be scared of trying things.”

n Former Owls chief Sir David Richards has sent apologetic e-mails to FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini after accusing the governing bodies of “stealing” football from England. Richards, chairman of the Premier League and vice-chairman of the Football Association, made his remarks in Qatar, chosen to host the 2022 World Cup.

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