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Joyless Jones suspects jinx

18 November 2012

Dave Jones lamented Sheffield Wednesday's dismal luck after they left the City Ground empty handed despite producing a positive display in Saturday's 1-0 npower Championship defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Miguel Llera's own goal condemned the Owls to a 10th defeat of the season as both sides spurned various golden opportunities.

The hosts dominated possession for long periods, but the visitors looked lively on the break and the 4,400 away fans that made the journey down the M1 had every right to feel aggrieved not to see their side collect at least a point for their endeavours.

"I'm saying the same thing every week," Jones said, after a display that leaves his side 21st in the table and just two points above the relegation zone. "There's no team in this division better than us. They might have a bit more composure in front of goal but that's it.

"I'm an honest man and if we were getting hammered every week I would be the first to hold my hands up. I keep checking under my car in the mornings to check I haven't run over a nun or a black cat."

Former England cap Jay Bothroyd was the main culprit for the visitors, seeing his effort from eight yards headed off the line by Danny Collins with goalkeeper Lee Camp stranded midway through the second half.

"I almost wish Jay hadn't hit it cleanly," added Jones. "If he mishits it, anywhere else and it goes in. We should have put them to the sword long before they got the goal. If you don't take your chances away from home you get punished."

Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll admitted he had some sympathy for Wednesday, but was pleased with the way his side kept plugging away after Andy Reid, Billy Sharp and Henri Lansbury had all wasted good openings.

"This is this division," he said. "There's a small margin between the top and the bottom. "The game could have gone either way, both teams were guilty of missed chances.

"We won't be swinging from the rooftops - we've got a bit of work to do but I've got the right players to do that work. At least we are moving in the right direction. There will be a few bumps in the road, but we're getting there."

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