IT COULD prove a turning point of sorts. Dave Jones certainly thinks that his Sheffield Wednesday side are starting to get to grips with The Championship.
The most important aspect of the draw at Burnley on Tuesday was that it checked the losing sequence. Seven would have been no favourite number of any Owls follower!
Jones acknowledged that they’d “changed things round a bit”. This included switching to a 4-1-4-1 but also a switch in playing roles individually.
At Wolves it had been Jay Bothroyd down the middle, Chris O’Grady on the left and Michail Antonio on the right.
At Turf Moor, Bothroyd went out to the right, O’Grady was down the middle and Antonio on the left.
Jones got a pay-off in terms of two goals from O’Grady and what he regarded as “probably” Bothroyd’s best game in Owls colours. In addition, it was Antonio who got the third equaliser.
“I thought we needed more quality from wider areas, so Jay was coming in and picking a pass, whereas Chris is more of a runner and chaser and gives us something different up there. Jay picked him out a couple of times,” said the Owls boss.
“That’s where the quality comes. On Saturday, probably we had the run but not the pass. On Tuesday we got both.”
Jones was also pleased with the return of Rhys McCabe in midfield, the Scot over his thigh injury and sent on at half-time.
“I think the wee fella (McCabe) is a super player,” said Jones. “He got to grips with it straight away and we started passing it a bit more.
“I thought Ross Barkley got better and better as the game went on. He’s a kid and going to make mistakes, but he’s some player when he drives on and plays the way he does. I thought the way we drove at Burnley, certainly from midfield, was superb.
He added: “I thought they all did well and they’re giving it everything they’ve got.
“We’re adjusting to it (the Championship) and trying to get to grips with it.”
Incidentally, it wasn’t the draw which took Wednesday out of the bottom three. It was scoring more than Millwall did in their draw (1-1 at Bristol City).
Before Tuesday, the teams were on the same points with identical goals scored and conceded (11-17). Wednesday are now above them by virtue of scoring two goals more.