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Jones welcomes 'lucky break' for Owls

16 December 2012

Dave Jones was happy to have luck on his side as Sheffield Wednesday emerged triumphant in a South Yorkshire derby which Barnsley dominated.

The Owls ended a seven-game losing streak thanks to Chris O'Grady's first-half strike, which was shrouded in controversy after Gary Madine appeared to foul Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele in the build-up.

Jones, who has been clinging on to his job in recent weeks in the midst of his side's dire run, has pointed to a run of decisions going against Wednesday in recent weeks and was happy to take the good fortune, though was still not happy with referee Stuart Attwell's performance.

"It was ugly but well earned," he said of the win. "We had Lady Luck on our side for a change, but we deserved it because we battled hard. Gary has admitted that he has barged the goalkeeper, we have not had that luck but today it was our time.

"We got the break today, last week we battered Bristol City and didn't get the break. But I thought the referee had an absolute shocker to be fair. Everything after that went against us and he struggled to keep control."

Jones believes the win, which came after a strong rearguard action to almost constant second-half pressure from the hosts, shows his side are capable of grinding results out.

"There is a good feeling in the camp," he added. "We were scratching our heads as to why the run had that been long, but they all did their jobs and when they don't lose their concentration they are capable of getting a result.

"It just proves to certain individuals that if they listen and want to do it then they can. It's a dig at certain individuals but today everyone concentrated."

The pressure continues to rise on Barnsley boss Keith Hill following an 11th game without a win. Unsurprisingly, he turned his attention to Atwell, and said: "The referee gets it wrong and the ramifications of him getting that decision wrong could be catastrophic, the result has been decided by that decision.

"The second half I was pleased, we had more than enough opportunities to get something out of the game. I just thought it was a difficult game for the referee. He will be disappointed with his performance when he comes to digest it."

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