Rob rallying cry to Owls players

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GARY Madine has told how captain Rob Jones has issued a rallying cry to the Owls players ahead of Saturday’s home game against Hartlepool.

Madine and Jones both believe that normal home form will see the club shrug off the defeat by Charlton and show again that they are one of the best teams in League One.

Jones did not let the squad wallow in disappointment after they lost their unbeaten home record.

Madine explained: “Everyone was down in the dressing room but Rob stood up in front of everyone and said: ‘Listen, we were the better side, there is no need to get down about it. We know how good we are. We have to do exactly what we have done all season and win on Saturday.’

“Rob just told us not to dwell on it. We all know we are good players. We don’t become bad players because of one game.

“We have still got one of the best sides, and if we play against Hartlepool like we did on Saturday, I think we will win comfortably. We are not worrying.

“Johnnie Jackson’s free kick was top drawer. Apart from that, I don’t think Charlton troubled us much. Things just didn’t drop for us.

“A lot of things seemed to go in their favour. My goal was disallowed and Clinton [Morrison] had one which could have been given as a goal on another day.”

Madine says the Owls should not worry about their promotion rivals: “We respect everyone around us but we are not scared of anyone. We have held our own.

“We got a draw at Charlton and they didn’t worry us much that day, and I thought we were the better side on Saturday.

“We were the better side at Sheffield United. I think we can take a lot of positives from the way we have played against the teams around us.”

The Owls have also beaten MK Dons and drawn with Huddersfield.