Jones issues rallying call to the players

Dave Jones has called for his players to show a fighting spirit and togetherness ahead of the trip to Blackpool on Saturday.

Jones goes into the match under intense pressure, with Wednesday in danger of getting firmly entrenched in the relegation bottom three after just one win in 15 games.

He received what could be termed as mild support from Milan Manadaric, following lengthy discussions with the chairman after Saturday’s woeful performance against Huddersfield, and he defended that meeting by saying he has a similar get-together after every game.

Referring to the players, Jones said he, his coaches and the chairman felt let down by some of their performances because they are not doing what they can do on a consistent basis.

Calling for everyone – players and management – to battle their way out of trouble, he said: “Only one set of people put us in this situation, which is us, and only one set can get us out of it, and that’s us.

“One or two of the players need to wake up and smell the coffee and not blame others and not look at others. Look at yourself first and say ‘why am I not performing’, don’t look at others, don’t blame anyone else.”

Jones also said he hopes the Blackpool match is not his last game in charge at S6 and added: “Sometimes you hit rock bottom, there is only way you come out as far as I am concerned and that is fighting.

“I want to see what fight my players have got, simple as that. I have backed them, I will  back them and now it’s time for them to back everybody that is here.”