Sheffield Wednesday: Owls form comforts Jones

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DAVE Jones insists that the Owls have had no need to panic in their bid to bring in new players.

The team are still in a relegation fight and the January transfer window closes next Thursday.

Although Jones has signed Leroy Lita and Danny Pugh on loan, he has suffered some frustrations in the player market and next week will have just four days to complete his business,

But he insists that a waiting game and ups and downs are normal for this time of year - and there is also the emergency loan market to fall back on, when that opens in early February. And the team have been showing signs that they can pull away from trouble, with tighter defending in evidence plus a haul of 14 points from the last seven games.

“There’s no panic here,” says the Wednesday boss. “The players here are working their socks off and doing reasonably well. We’re in good shape at the moment, but we’re looking to add to it to help us out.

“We seem to have found a way to get the results. We have been hard to beat. Now we have to find that knack of putting the ball in the back of the nest and getting more points.

“In all honesty, for chances, we battered Wolves. The only thing that was missing was a goal.

“In trying to be more composed going forward, we also have to make sure we don’t lose what we’ve established at the back.”

The Owls will be looking for a sixth clean sheet in the last nine league games when they take on on-form Charlton today.

Jones added: “They get forward well and and they have good footballers. They’re composed. They’re on a good run and will want to continue it,

“They have dangerous players, as we have. We have to stop theirs and utilise ours.”

Charlton forward Scott Wagstaff said: “We are on a good little run; we have won the last three league games and I see no reason why we can’t get the win.

“We owe them one as they beat us at their place. From what the boys were saying, we probably deserved to get all three points against them as we had a disallowed goal, which was probably onside, and they should have had a man sent off.

“Things didn’t go for us, but hopefully the luck will fall our way and we can pick up another three points.”

Jones, however, felt that Wednesday deserved their 2-0 on the whole, and if a couple of decisions did go their way, it helped to make up for many that have gone against them this season,

In addition. the goals were oustanding, by Rhys McCabe and Jeremy Helan.

If the Owls can win again today it will be their first double of the season. But Addicks manager Chris Powell said: “After having such a tough time in December, and having a few knock-backs, we have really set off this year in the right way. We’ve always said that we could compete and do okay in this league.”