Sheffield Wednesday: Jones rues ‘too many off-days’

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WEDNESDAY manager Dave Jones regards the defeat by Burnley as a missed opportunity caused by an off day.

Victory would have lifted the Owls close to the pack of clubs just above them, he said, but his verdict is that the team “didn’t get going”.

A second-half goal by former Hillsborough loan winger Keith Treacy was the turning point in the Clarets’ 2-0 win.

Jones said: “We looked flat. It was always probably going to take the first goal. There was nothing really happening in the first half. Our best spell was early in the second half when we had a couple blocked.

“We seemed to lack a bit of spark. Nobody seemed to get the game by the scruff of the neck. We dropped too deep.

“I don’t know whether it was one game too many, or whatever. Too many probably had an off day, which we can’t afford. A win would have put us close to the pack above us, which which would have been great. It’s an opportunity missed, so we’re disappointed with that.”

Jones was unhappy with Treacy’s goal - a long-range shot that found the bottom corner, with keeper Chris Kirkland, possibly unsighted, appearing not to move.

“It’s such a poor goal,” said the manager. “It’s the build-up to it that is disappointing, because two players sold themselves, instead of just standing up; then the shot is from 25 yards - I don’t know whether Chris has been caught off guard or is unsighted. I didn’t expect it to go in; I think it went through a couple of legs.”

The second goal was from a penalty given for handball against Lewis Buxton. Jones said: “Lewis has had one in the face a couple of minutes before, maybe he was just protecting himself.”

Treacy was sent on as a sub in the first half because of an injury.