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Jones cheered by comeback

10 February 2013

Manager Dave Jones praised his side's spirited display after watching Sheffield Wednesday rally from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Derby.

Jeff Hendrick put Derby in front in the 23rd minute after bursting through the middle and playing a good one-two with Jamie Ward, who extended the visitors' lead from the penalty spot three minutes after the break thanks to a Miguel Llera foul.

Michail Antonio pulled a goal back in the 51st minute following a goalmouth scramble and six minutes later Llera equalised after getting his head to a great cross from Antonio.

Jones said: "We didn't really get going. We were sloppy and we were slow in what we were doing and we just looked a bit rushed. After giving the penalty away we then started to play and I thought we were going to go on and win it in the end.

"I don't see why we should have to go 2-0 down to start playing. A point was a fair result in the end. You give yourself a mountain to climb when you give a penalty away and full credit to everybody in the dressing room because they worked hard and got back into it.

"Everybody showed great character, rolled up their sleeves and got going. Confidence was never really low. We lost games we shouldn't have lost. We're competing in a really hard division but it looks like we're back on track and anything is achievable."

Derby boss Nigel Clough said: "We were pleased to get a point away from home and to score another two goals on the back of the three last week. I was happy with the performance and certainly with the way we played in the first-half. I'm disappointed that the referee maybe missed a couple of fouls in the build-up to both their goals.

"The first goal was as good a team goal as you'll see. It started in our own half with the midfielders involved and the ball going to the striker's feet, with lots of movement off the ball and a lovely finish as well. I don't think there were too many arguments about the penalty. I didn't see one player or even a member of their staff arguing with that one.

"It was lovely to get a two-goal lead but, the young side we are, we've got to learn to look after it for five or 10 minutes. You don't necessarily have to do much - you just have to stop them getting back in the game. It's a learning process.

"We had to change our centre-half 15 minutes before kick-off and Jake Buxton's had three training sessions in nine weeks so he showed incredible character to play like he did here."

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