Jones anger as Wednesday hit by late equaliser

Dave Jones was critical of his side as Wednesday threw away another two points in a poor 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Millwall at Hillsborough.

The Lions grabbed their equaliser with an Andy Keogh penalty three minutes from time after Jeremy Helan was adjudged to have brought down Richard Chaplow.

Jones was unhappy with the decision but, quite rightly, was just as disappointed with the overall performance as Wednesday turned in another weak and uninspiring home display.

We hit back from an early Kamil Zayatte own goal to level through Reda Johnson on seven minutes and Helan fired us in front from the edge of the box after 20 minutes.

Wednesday could also point to an Atdhe Nuhiu first-half header that hit a post, a good penalty appeal after the break when ex-Owl Stephen Bywater appeared to bring down Michail Antonio and a disallowed Johnson effort, ruled out for an apparent foul on Bywater which the keeper was lucky to be awarded.

However, we failed to dominate a below average side and lacked the guile, confidence and aggression to record a first victory of the season.

Manager Jones questioned whether some players could handle playing in front of a big crowd and added: “We didn’t play well, we gave the ball away too many times. We were sloppy in our play but we got our noses in front. So when you’re not playing well, you win it ugly and we didn’t do that.

“I just felt certain players were half a yard off the pace. It was a very lethargic performance from a few players, who we can’t afford to carry.

“We should just try and win the game ugly – okay it’s not your best performance, so see it out.”

Referring to the Millwall penalty, Jones said: “A player switches off, he gets caught the wrong side and then it’s like a reaction and the linesman sees something no one else has seen, including the referee. But, it’s our own downfall.”