WEDNESDAY captain Rob Jones has praised the job done by Gary Megson at Hillsborough.
Although the Owls have lost their last three league matches and the spotlight has fallen on the manager, Jones believes that the club have had a good season so far on the whole and points out that 14 remaining matches provide a chance for them to step up the challenge for automatic promotion.
“We’ve all been disappointed with the way it’s gone in the last three games with us scoring only one goal,” he said. “But this week, training has been fantastic; very bubbly, noisy and with a lot of camaraderie in the dressing room.
“In the three games, we didn’t play badly but we conceded silly goals and missed chances, and it hasn’t dropped for us.
“Hopefully we’ll put that right in the derby.
“We’re third; overall the season has gone very well. We have a great squad, a good manager who believes in us and we believe in him.”
Jones believes, like Megson, that there is always pressure on players as well as managers: “All managers are under pressure.
“We are thoroughly behind our manager. He’s done a fantastic job since he came in.
“We go into these last 14 games hoping to win as many as possible and knows where we’ll end up?
“There’s pressure on players to play well; you get it everywhere. The bigger the club, the greater it is.
“The derby is going to be great occasion and we’re all looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll come out with the result that we want. We’ve had some good runs this season; it’s up to us to go on another one, as we are capable of doing.”
Jones, an Owls fan, regards tomorrow’s clash in front of a sell-out crowd as an occasion to rival his 2007 Scottish League Cup Final experience with Hibernian.
He captained the side and scored in a 5-1 win against Kilmarnock at Hampden Park. “Games like Sunday’s don’t come around often,” he said.