SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: It’s the lull before the storm for Owls

Disappointment: Dave Jones as the Owls suffer their first defeat under his leadership last Saturday.
Disappointment: Dave Jones as the Owls suffer their first defeat under his leadership last Saturday.
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones believes the international break has come at the right time for his new-look side.

The Owls are currently lying in sixth position in the Championship, having garnered seven points from their opening four fixtures.

But the club’s 19-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in the capital last weekend as they slipped to a controversial 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Jones, who was unhappy with several of the refereeing decisions at Selhurst Park, has given his hard-working squad three days off to rest and recuperate following a hectic schedule.

He told The Star: “The break has probably come at a good time as everyone can take stock and recharge their batteries.

“We have had a relatively decent start but we have got another seven games to cram in in a short space of time when we come back. We will be playing three games a week so we have got to make sure we utilise the squad we have got and keep everyone up and running.”

Wednesday’s senior players are set to train on Sunday ahead of their clash at Brighton and Hove Albion next Friday and Jones expects defensive trio Anthony Gardner (hamstring), Reda Johnson (ankle) and Joe Mattock (knee) to take part in the session.

One-time England international Gardner has been troubled by a hamstring problem since the come-from-behind victory at Oldham Athletic in the Carling Cup. He was taken off late on at Derby County on the opening day of the season.

Johnson has not featured since the Owls beat Millwall and Mattock is still waiting to make his debut.

“They are all receiving treatment from the physio but I would hope they will be okay for Sunday,” Jones confirmed.

Wednesday have been allocated just over 2,800 tickets for the trip to Wolves on Saturday September 29. Tickets are priced at £28 adults, £15 seniors (over 65’s), £12 under 17’s and £10 under 12’s.