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Watch | Nathan Jones' pre-Sheffield Wednesday press conference

NJ delivers a squad update ahead of Town's trip to Hillsborough...

22 October 2020

Manager Nathan Jones’ squad could be boosted by the return of a couple of players for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday.

Following defeat midweek against Millwall, the Hatters are hoping to get back to winning ways and may be able to call upon Harry Cornick – who missed Tuesday’s match at The Den.  

“We had to pull Harry out of the game," said Jones. "We couldn't risk him on Tuesday night as these injuries, you can’t do it, if you do that, then you potentially could lose him for weeks and weeks and that’s not ideal.

"We have to wait, see how everyone is, as I would imagine Sheffield Wednesday have to, as they played last night.”

One player who could be called upon by the gaffer is new signing Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall after training this week.

“Kiernan’s available. He came in and did an individual session with myself yesterday, trained today, he’ll train tomorrow and then he’s in contention.”

Games will continue to come thick and fast all the way up until Christmas and Nathan says the busy period will be a test for his squad and the rest of the league.

“We’re like everyone else, fatigue will be a factor, games coming thick and fast. We can’t train, training with half a group, constant, constant work in terms of how they’re feeling, monitoring them. Do we put too much into them. Do we do a little bit less?

“They’re in a decent place, we have got one or two coming back, obviously still waiting on James Collins. We’ve just got to get through this period. If we get through this period, then we’ll be in a wonderful place, they just come thick and fast these games.”

Reflecting on the last couple of matches, Jones believes that there is plenty his team can take into the game against Sheffield Wednesday.

“The performance the other day, the thing we’ve got to eradicate is just moments, as moments are taking away from what the game plan is. We could have imposed ourselves far more in the first half, but if we'd have gone in at half-time without conceding that goal, which was a bad goal to give away as we’d have four warnings prior to it, we should have dealt with that.

“Then second half it could have been a totally different game. We were always going to do something different second half, because we wanted to establish ourselves in the game.

“It’s the same as against Stoke. We were excellent for 45 minutes, came out to re-establish ourselves and then within a minute and a half we were one down and that changes the game.

“That’s Championship football, the margins are so, so, so small. Some games you look at, there's hardly a shot on target, someone wins it and they go on a run, and that’s the margins of Championship football. You have to eradicate ethos errors because we weren’t committing those errors before.”


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