DAVE JONES says self-belief is the key as Sheffield Wednesday aim to return to top form against Huddersfield Town in tomorrow’s enticing Championship derby.
It’s been success all the way since the former Cardiff manager replaced Gary Megson on March 1 – until the last two matches.
The Owls went 18 games unbeaten under Jones, who guided them to automatic promotion from League I last season.
But then they went down 2-1 at Crystal Palace, and on Friday, crashed 3-0 at Brighton, when a victory would have put them top of the table.
Instead Wednesday are 12th in the standings, four places and a point behind Town, who will be playing only their 24th league game at Hillsborough.
Simon Grayson’s side might be plotting a seventh victory there, but Jones’ men have an excellent home record.
They won seven games under his command last term, with a 2-2 draw against Walsall the only blip on South Yorkshire territory.
And this time around, there have been 3-2 Championship triumphs against Birmingham and Millwall, plus a 1-0 Capital One Cup second-round victory over Premier League Fulham.
Those results will reassure Jones, who insisted: “We’re not that far away, and we’re keeping on working on doing the right things.
“It’s such a fine level, especially at the level we’re now at.