Dave Jones in last chance saloon: South Yorkshire Derby Match Preview

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Dave Jones fighting for his managerial career at Hillsborough away at Barnsley.

Dave Jones could possibly be out of a job at the end of the game Saturday, as anything other than a first win for Wednesday could see him being thrown out by the Yorkshire side.

Barnsley’s impressive win last Saturday against Middlesbrough which ultimately ended Tony Mowbray’s life up North will be hoping of a similar result on Saturday. The rivalry between Barnsley and Wednesday is fairly tame and light-hearted in comparison to the inner-city Sheffield Derby. However, given the situation of both teams this could turn into a heated affair with both players and fans going in full blooded.

Wednesday had a frustrating game against Bolton last weekend, where they had a legitimate goal ruled out for offside and a player sent off, which was argued by Dave Jones after the game. I have to say I agree with the official as both feet left the floor, no matter how ‘clean’ the tackle was, it was dangerous and the rules stipulate that it WAS in fact a red card. However, I don’t think you can blame Dave Jones for throwing up as many excuses as he can, since his situation is dire at the minute.

Barnsley will look to do what they did last week and produce a typical ‘Barnsley’ like performance, they like to play football and will certainly look to get top scorer and key man Chris O’Grady on the pitch to hurt his former club. Wednesday for me, just need to try something different and integrate something new to their game. They need to make Barnsley work hard to break down their game plan, they cannot go into this game apathetic and down-beat.

A loss here for Wednesday and that could be it, Dave Jones could be gone by Monday.

Key Battle

Roger Johnson vs Chris O’Grady – The former Wednesday player that was cast out for not being good enough will certainly be up to showing up his former employees. Any person in any walk of life love to prove people wrong, the judgement from Jones on O’Grady was clearly not made in the best interest of the club. The Nottingham born striker has already scored 7 league goals this season, only 4 less than the entirety of Wednesday’s side. Roger Johnson will be the man to stop Chris O’Grady for showing up his former boss, and very possibly putting him out of work.

Who do you see winning? Can Jones keep his job?

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