Oakwell clash excites Jones
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is braced for a “fast and
frantic” match against relegation rivals Barnsley on Saturday night
as his team bid to halt a seven-game losing streak.
The tea-time South Yorkshire derby sees two teams mired in
trouble towards the foot of the Championship go head to head at
And with the high of last season’s automatic promotion now a
distant memory, Jones has to rally his team for a tougher battle
Wednesday began the weekend in 23rd place, with Barnsley three
points better off in 22nd.
A Barnsley victory would mean the pressure mounts on Jones, who
this week said he felt it would be “harsh” if the Hillsborough
board decided on a change of manager.
The significance of the fixture will not be lost on the former
Southampton and Wolves boss, but he has attempted to treat it like
any other game.
“Is this a massive game? Yes – but they all are at a club like
Sheffield Wednesday,” Jones said on his club’s official
“We will approach this game in the right manner and I’m sure
Barnsley will too.
“Both teams are desperate for the points and the pace will be
fast, it will be frantic and the live TV cameras are there for
“All the ingredients are there and we now need to start turning
the performances into results.”
Barnsley striker Marcus Tudgay spent almost five years with
Wednesday earlier in his career but will not be taking it easy
against his old employers.
“(I have) tremendous memories,” he told Barnsley Player. “I
played a lot of games for them and scored some good goals and I
think my football started to blossom there.
“I had five great years and it will be good to see some of the
boys but it is work time for me and I will be wanting to do my
Tudgay has played for Wednesday against Barnsley before and
reckons the local derbies are always a little bit different to
“Obviously there is a little bit more pride,” he said.
“To come up against your rivals you want to be able to walk away
with your head high knowing you did a job and got the three