By Tony Leighton
It has been a tough re-introduction to the npower Championship for Sheffield Wednesday, promoted from npower League 1 two years after being relegated and struggling for results after making a bright start to the campaign.
Seven points from the first three games were highly encouraging but proved something of a false dawn, five successive League defeats having followed along with a Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Southampton.
Manager Dave Jones, who, following his March appointment, led the Owls to a tremendous 13-match unbeaten run that clinched automatic promotion, is concerned but not panicking as he prepares to take his side to Burnley on Tuesday evening hoping to improve on an away record of just one point from the 12 so far available.
"We have come into a division where the games come thick and fast," said Jones, "but the good thing is that you get another opportunity straight away.
"At the moment the lads feel a bit hard done by. You need a little bit of luck and the way they feel at the moment is that everything they do seems to go against them.
"But you have got to pick yourself up and keep going and going, because there is only one group of people who can turn it round and that is the players."
Injuries to defenders and a lack of a goal touch in attack seem to be Wednesday's biggest problems as they look to re-establish themselves as a Championship force.
Jones said: "We've not been able to play a back four together in all the games that we've played because we are always chopping and changing due to injury.
"Up front we are just a little bit edgy. We are getting in good positions but just snatching at things a bit because of anxiety to try and get a goal. But you just have to keep going, because we are getting into positions and we have to make sure that we relax a bit more and put the ball in the back of the net."
Once the ball starts hitting the back of the net on a regular basis for the Owls, Jones is sure that they will start climbing the table. "In our last two games," he said, "we haven't deserved to lose, we have definitely deserved to get something.
"What we now need is some confidence and a little bit of luck somewhere along the line. But you have got to make your own luck and that is what we are trying to do.
"We are hurting with our pride because we don't think that we've been warranting losing games. You have to keep believing though, because it will turn. We are getting there - we just need to get there now rather than a little bit later."
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