Wednesday regret not keeping up with Jones unable to keep up with Jones

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0
SOUTHAMPTON 1

So it says much about Kenwyne Jones' impact at Sheffield Wednesday last season that home fans still applauded him long after his accomplished finish had brought Southampton this deserved first victory since relegation from the Premier League.

Jones impressively took over from Paul Sturrock as the main feature of a game that underlined why two divisions separated the manager's present and past clubs only three months ago.

His decider, driven home left-footed from an angle after Wednesday defender Richard Wood lost his footing on the saturated surface, was the highlight. But he was always a handful before going off to a warm ovation from the entire stadium and cleverly set up Matt Oakley for the closest of several other Southampton near-misses.

The Trinidad and Tobago international's seven goals in seven mid-winter games on loan were the catalyst for Wednesday's promotion triumph last season. Now he has scored twice in two games amid the vacuum caused by the departures from St Mary's of Peter Crouch, Kevin Phillips and Henri Camara.

"I was delighted with the reception," said Jones. "I'm looking forward to scoring more goals if I have my chance but I wish Wednesday all the best."

While Southampton, sparked by the skills of their on-loan Algerian, Djamel Belmadi, and heartened by another late glimpse of Theo Walcott's electrifying pace, eye the task of escaping the Championship first time, Wednesday will be delighted just to stay in it.

Having failed to buy Jones and then run into an injury crisis among their strikers, the home side looked full of heart and short of quality.

David Graham's quiet debut following a £250,000 move from Wigan Athletic ended in his substitution. And Sturrock, 51 weeks on from the end of his turbulent Southampton reign, is due to look at 39-year-old Steve Claridge in his reserves tomorrow.

Wednesday threatened only in a busy opening ten minutes. "We ran out of ideas and were naïve," Sturrock admitted. "I went into a dressing room afterwards with a lot of young heads that were down. We've only scored one in three games and the longer that goes on, the more it seeps into your confidence."

Goal: Jones (22) 0-1.

Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Lucas; Simek, Wood, Lee, Hills; Eagles (Partridge, 61), Whelan, Rocastle (O'Brien, 74), Brunt; Peacock, Graham (Proudlock, 61). Substitutes not used: Adams, Coughlan.

Southampton (4-4-2): Niemi; Hajto, Lundekvam, Powell, Higginbotham; Prutton, Oakley, Quashie, Belmadi; Jones (Delap, 84), Blackstock (Walcott, 70). Substitutes not used: Smith (gk), Cranie, Dyer.

Referee: M Pike (Cumbria).

Man of the match: Jones.

Attendance: 26,688.

News
people
News
John Rees-Evans is standing for Ukip in Cardiff South and Penarth
news
Arts and Entertainment
Bianca Miller and Katie Bulmer-Cooke are scrutinised by Lord Sugar's aide Nick Hewer on The Apprentice final
tvBut Bianca Miller has taken on board his comments over pricing
Life and Style
Approaching sale shopping in a smart way means that you’ll get the most out of your money
life + styleSales shopping tips and tricks from the experts
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Elton John and David Furnish exchange marriage vows
peopleSinger posts pictures of nuptials throughout the day
News
in picturesWounded and mangy husky puppy rescued from dump
Sport
David Silva, Andy Carroll, Arsene Wenger and Radamel Falcao
football
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'