DAVE Jones feels that Paul Corry’s debut at Southampton was just the start of something big for the 21-year-old Irishman.
The Owls manager rates the midfield player as a bright prospect who can serve the club for years.
First he must carry on building up his general fitness and may not yet get a run in the first team in the Championship. But the Capital One Cup tie at St Mary’s was an ideal opportunity to give him his first taste of senior football after his recent arrival from University College Dublin, where training was only part-time.
“I thought the kid did really well,” says Jones. “He flagged near the end, but he has been playing football for the university team. He’ll be a good player for this club; he’s got a bright future. I’m very pleased with him.”
Corry’s opportunity came after the injury blow for another up-and-coming midfield player, Rhys McCabe.
Jones says he does not know how long the Scot will be kept out by his thigh injury.
In the run-up to Saturday’s game at Wolves, there will be checks on Jay Bothroyd, who missed the Southampton game with his knee problem, and Kieran Lee, who stayed off at half time with a gashed ankle.
Jones felt it was “not worth the risk” of playing Anthony Gardner - it would have meant him playing three games in eight days straight after coming back from a hamstring injury. Gardner will probably return against Wolves in a partnership with Martin Taylor, who was cup-tied.
Jones pointed the finger at centre backs Miguel Llera and Mark Beevers over Southampton’s first goal, from a through ball down the middle: “The first goal is a poor one to concede: you can’t have your centre halves being beaten easily by one ball.”
But he also admitted: “At the moment, no defender in the club gets away with it, because they’re all conceding,”
Jones faulted sub Joe Mattock, who took over from the injured Lee, for the penalty from which made Saints made it 2-0, feeling that the full-back should have snuffed out the danger earlier: “The problem is the ball’s gone down the line and Joe has to do better.
“What we have to do is to stick together, stay strong and keep working at it,” he said.
“You don’t just lose it. There’s something as to why they’re not doing it. What they can’t do is blame other people.”