Ashton Gate

Next Game

Bristol C v Barnsley

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Oakwell Stadium

Last Game

Barnsley 1 - 1 Preston

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

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.

Last Updated: 17/12/12 at 14:02 Post Comment

Dave Jones: Takes Wednesday to Barnsley for tea-time encounter

Dave Jones: Takes Wednesday to Barnsley for tea-time encounter

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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Harry Kane says debut England goal is a 'dream come true'

Harry Kane said his first goal for England was "a dream come true" after he scored 79 seconds into his debut appearance.

Roy Hodgson hails Harry Kane's impact after goal on England debut

Roy Hodgson led the plaudits for Harry Kane after his ‘fairytale’ international debut in England's win over Lithuania.

England 4-0 Lithuania: Harry Kane scores 79 seconds into debut

Harry Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut from the bench as Roy Hodgson’s men beat Lithuania 4-0.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company