Wednesday boss backs Antonio

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has jumped to the defence of midfielder Michail Antonio following criticism from a section of the club's fans.

Last Updated: 20/09/13 at 15:11 Post Comment

Michail Antonio: Support from boss Dave Jones

Michail Antonio: Support from boss Dave Jones

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Antonio, 23, who joined the Owls on a free transfer from Reading in the summer of 2012, has struggled to capture his best form so far this season in a Wednesday side who have drawn their last four league matches.

"He's one of the players who knows he can do better, but nobody goes out on to the pitch and means to not play well," Jones said.

"It annoys me sometimes when people say the players aren't trying because why would they want to go in front of 20,000 people and not do well?

"Circumstances can dictate several things and anyone who plays any sport will know that on a given day whatever you do just doesn't come off.

"The mentality of a player is you have to get on with it and work your way through it and you have to keep chasing that down and do the right things. The more right things you do, eventually it will settle down.

"But at the moment he's one of a couple of players who are fighting their game, on Saturday everything he did just didn't seem to work for him, but Michail won't hide.

"He's still a young boy and that's why he's at Sheffield Wednesday and he's not at Arsenal or Man Utd because he's not at that stage of his development. We're trying to get him to that and we want him to get there quicker.

"There's lots of other factors and without going into them all, people only see what they see on a Saturday, but it's what goes on during the week and everything else and at the moment, yes he is probably fighting his game.

"But we'll keep working with him and persevering because we know he's a good player."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

aybe Hull charged the Liverpool fans more because their massive sense of entitlement takes up more room? Badum tish.

sailingmagpie
Everton team subsidise awayday

T

he John Carver Experiment sounds like the worst jazz fusion band of all time. Which is saying something.

sailingmagpie
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

T

ime to play Liverpool players in their natural positions? I agree, but surely the subs' bench isn't big enough for all of them?

balls-to-monty
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

Footer 365

Manchester United 0-1 West Brom: Robin van Persie penalty saved as Baggies shock United

Chris Brunt's deflected free kick gave West Brom a 1-0 win at Manchester United as Robin van Persie saw a penalty saved.

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand loses wife to cancer

Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca has died following a short battle with cancer.

Arsene Wenger claims Jose Mourinho disrespected Arsenal with title taunt

Arsene Wenger feels Jose Mourinho was disrespectful for taunting Arsenal about their 10-year wait for the title.

Mail Box

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

Liverpool: No Greater Than Aston Villa

It's fair to say that Raúl H. Garcia from the morning mailbox has got something of a kicking on Thursday afternoon. Oh and the Neviller is wrong for once...

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