Jones welcomes 'lucky break'

  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 21:08 GMT

Dave Jones was happy to have luck on his side as Sheffield Wednesday emerged triumphant in a South Yorkshire derby which Barnsley dominated.

Dave Jones: Vital win for the Owls

The Owls ended a seven-game losing streak thanks to Chris O'Grady's first-half strike, which was shrouded in controversy after Gary Madine appeared to foul Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele in the build-up.

Jones, who has been clinging on to his job in recent weeks in the midst of his side's dire run, has pointed to a run of decisions going against Wednesday in recent weeks and was happy to take the good fortune, though was still not happy with referee Stuart Attwell's performance.

"It was ugly but well earned," he said of the win. "We had Lady Luck on our side for a change, but we deserved it because we battled hard.

"Gary has admitted that he has barged the goalkeeper, we have not had that luck but today it was our time.

"We got the break today, last week we battered Bristol City and didn't get the break.

"But I thought the referee had an absolute shocker to be fair. Everything after that went against us and he struggled to keep control."

Jones believes the win, which came after a strong rearguard action to almost constant second-half pressure from the hosts, shows his side are capable of grinding results out.

"There is a good feeling in the camp," he added. "We were scratching our heads as to why the run had that been long, but they all did their jobs and when they don't lose their concentration they are capable of getting a result.

"It just proves to certain individuals that if they listen and want to do it then they can. It's a dig at certain individuals but today everyone concentrated."

Barnsley did more than enough to earn at least a point from the game as Marcus Tudgay missed a hat-trick of headers, Marlon Harewood twice went close and Craig Davies was also denied.

But the pressure continues to rise on boss Keith Hill following an 11th game without a win.

Unsurprisingly, he turned his attention to Atwell.

"The referee gets it wrong and the ramifications of him getting that decision wrong could be catastrophic, the result has been decided by that decision," he said.

"The second half I was pleased, we had more than enough opportunities to get something out of the game.

"I just thought it was a difficult game for the referee. He will be disappointed with his performance when he comes to digest it.

"Unfortunately I don't have a second job to go to on Monday and I have to deal with it. It's happening on too many occasions that games are being decided by catastrophic refereeing decisions and we have been on the end of too many.

"I was pleased with how the players handled the occasion and I saw us strive to get something out of the game but unfortunately it didn't materialise."


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