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

Oakwell.

And with the high of last season’s automatic promotion now a

distant memory, Jones has to rally his team for a tougher battle

ahead.

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

website.

“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

added spice.

“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

best.”

Tudgay has played for Wednesday against Barnsley before and

reckons the local derbies are always a little bit different to

other matches.

“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

points.”