Sheffield Wednesday: Jones hopes practice pays off

Seyi Olofinjana has been to Nigeria during the international break
Seyi Olofinjana has been to Nigeria during the international break
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Dave Jones to this day is unsure what caused the Owls’ comprehensive failure at Derby.

What he does know is that once again the build-up to a match has been satisfactory.

All he hopes now is that, in contrast to what happened a fortnight ago, that work done on the training ground is reflected in the game against Huddersfield today.

“All the players have looked sharp,” he said. “The disappointment of the Derby game was that we’d had such a fantastic week in training, then on the Saturday it all went flat. We can’t put our finger on why.

“This week everybody has worked hard again and looked as bright as a button. They now have to transfer that on the pitch.”

Jones feels that Seyi Olofinjana is one of the players who has ups and downs in recent weeks, after his signing on a short-term deal, and that he is still regaining his match fitness.

“Seyi is playing a lot of catch-up with his game time. We have to monitor him,” said the manager.

“He knows what the place is all about; he knows the levels of fitness and sharpness that is needed.

“He had to be back home in Nigeria for the first week of the break. But he’s looked sharp, as they all have.

“We’ve had a good fortnight. We’ve worked really hard and we’re all looking forward to the game.”

Reda Johnson feels that a touch of complacency could have intruded at Pride Park after the victory against Reading. The captain said: “We were brilliant, but sometimes when you win 5-2 you go into the next game thinking it should be the same.

“Maybe that’s why we had a bad game - because we were thinking we would do exactly the same. But no.”

Johnson is sticking to his belief that the Owls can climb the table and that he reaches a crossroads when his contract expires next summer.

“As I always say, this club is not in the right place,” he added. “But at the moment if we are here it’s because the players didn’t do enough.”

He includes himself in that criticism. But he pledges 100 per cent commitment and says: “I really hope I will get a new contract here. Some people have to take decisions, like keep me or not keep me.

“I too have to take some decisions. So we will see what the picture will give us.

“At the moment I am focused on Sheffield Wednesday and trying to do my best for the team. But I want to stay.”