DAVE Jones has yet again bemoaned his Sheffield Wednesday team’s defending after their exit from the Capital One Cup.
The two goals they conceded at Southampton, both from Jay Rodriguez, makes it 20 against them in 10 league and cup games this season and a fifth successive defeat.
Jones made seven changes last night but the trend continued and he admitted: “We made just as many chances as them but we have to keep the back door shut. It is simple. There is no magic formula.
“The goals we are conceding are poor. The players who are in there have a responsibility to make sure they don’t do that. That’s hard on them but we haven’t got time to mess around and molly-coddle them.”
The Owls were cut open down the middle when Saints took the lead in the first half and a 2-0 defeat was sealed by a controversial penalty.
Jones made light of that incident even though contact by Joe Mattock took place outside the penalty area.
Key chances were missed by Michail Antonio in the first period and Nejc Pecnik in the second.
Jones added: “The first goal came from a straight ball when we’d already had two warnings. You can’t be done like that. We had two good chances. You have to put them away. If you don’t, you have to make sure you don’t concede. The penalty incident was outside the box but we have to stop the ball from getting there.”