Wednesday manager has more to show

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones insists he has yet to truly stamp his mark on the club despite masterminding their resurgence.

Since Jones' arrival at Hillsborough six months ago the Owls are unbeaten in 17 matches, 18 if you include a goalless draw at Rochdale 24 hours after his appointment when he merely looked on from the stands.

With his hand firmly on the tiller for the game that followed - a 4-1 home thumping of Bury - Jones proceeded to guide the club out of League One after two seasons languishing in the doldrums.

Five games into this season - three in the Championship and two in the Capital One Cup - and Jones and Wednesday have still to taste defeat together.

Not even Premier League Fulham could match a side that visibly grew in confidence as last night's second-round tie wore on before Gary Madine's 50th-minute penalty deservedly settled matters.

But despite his half a year in charge, with the anniversary on Sunday, Jones' rebuilding programme is still in its infancy.

"I'm trying to change the culture at this football club," said Jones.

"It's my culture. I'm not saying what went before was wrong, or whatever. It's my ethos, my programme.

"When I leave and the next manager comes in then hopefully he'll keep the good things I've done, like I've kept the good things that were here before.

"I'm not talking about style of football, it's my way of managing the players and the way the club is run, and everything else.

"And there's still a long way to go with it. I've only been here a few months, so a long, long way.

"I can honestly say in my career, at every club I've been at, and it isn't a lot of clubs really (five in 17 years), when I've left they've been in a far better state than when I arrived.

"I hope the day I leave this football club they'll be in a far better position than when I arrived."

Jones describes his players as "a delight to work with", which was in evidence last night given the open, attacking nature of their football at times.

The clean sheet, however, was his team's first this season after shipping two goals per game in each of the previous four matches.

Jones appreciates there has to be a balance, but will not shift from his philosophy, adding: "We've instilled a lot of confidence in the players.

"Everything they do is with the ball because that's what makes things tick.

"Against Fulham we saw out the game, but we were still looking to get forward, to win it by two or three because that's how we have to play.

"We can't sit back, not with the players we have, and we've such good ball carriers here who get us up the pitch really quick.

"The way we are at the moment, going forward, it's entertaining, a little bit heartstopping at times.

"If you told me we would win every game 3-2 then everybody would be really happy.

"I know that's not going to happen, but my philosophy has always been the best form of defence is attack.

"Very rarely do I shut up shop and put defenders or midfielders on. It's not in my nature, and I was a defender.

"I have to use the strengths we have, but I'm also aware we are leaking goals and we have to stop that, and we're working on that."