Sheffield Wednesday: Owls need second goal

Matty Fryatt looks a happy man after his goal at Brighton
Matty Fryatt looks a happy man after his goal at Brighton
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Dave Jones is contemplating the fine line separating Wednesday from their first victory of the season.

The Owls boss judged the 1-1 draw at Brighton to be the latest example of how near they have come to winning.

He believes they are paying the price for failing to give themselves a two-goal cushion.

In seven of their nine league games they have scored just once.

“We should have beaten Brighton; we should have won last Saturday and in the games such as the ones against QPR, Leeds and Middlesbrough,” he said.

“We have to get the second goal. It alleviates a lot of pressure.

“But I didn’t feel we were under pressure at Brighton.

“We were controlled and playing it out from the back.

“Not winning is a monkey on our back, and we can’t get it off, but when you analyse all the games, there’s only one where we have let ourselves down, and that’s the one at Birmingham (a 4-1 defeat).

“The other results have been so close. We’ve had five draws. We can’t get that second goal.

“That’s why we have brought in Matty Fryatt. We get him up and running - and we saw that for 60-odd minutes on Tuesday - and he gives us something different. He’s a goalscorer. That’s something we’ve been missing.”

Wednesday did score two against Millwall, but they had to come from behind and ended up drawing. Jones felt that Fryatt flagged in the second half at Brighton, and he was taken off in the 77th minute.The manager made three changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Doncaster last Saturday, playing with only Fryatt as the out-and-out striker.

Jones explained: “We have a squad. We don’t change five or six; we change when we feel it’s a necessity.

“Brighton have a certain way of playing. If we had gone there and gone very expansive, we would probably have got our backsides slapped like we did last year (a 3-0 defeat.) We learnt our lesson, and when they came to our place we beat them 3-1.

“On Tuesday we stifled them when we needed to, we stopped them from playing to their strengths. But when we break we’re dynamic and quick.

“We got ourselves into some great positions. With a bit more care we could got that second goal.”

He insists that the Owls are far from being downhearted as they get ready to try again, at home to Ipswich on Saturday: “Everybody is buoyant,” he said.