Jones adding a new dimension to Owls

JULIAN Bennett has labelled Sheffield Wednesday’s style of play under Gary Megson as ‘one-dimensional’ and praised the change under new manager Dave Jones.

Bennett struggled to hold down a first team place under Megson but has started all five games since Jones’s arrived at Hillsborough.

The Owls will move back into the automatic promotion places if they win today at Leyton Orient and Bennett is adamant that Jones’s methods are the best way forward.

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“It’s been fantastic under the new gaffer,” he said. “Instead of being one-dimensional, he is trying to add more to our game. He is a top manager, his staff are fantastic and the training has been great. If we continue to listen and take on board what he is trying to implement, it is looking really good for Sheffield Wednesday.

“Different managers have different styles of play,” he added. “We are not as one-dimensional and, instead of playing as many long balls forward, the gaffer is trying to get us to get it down and pass it when we can.

“A lot of it was geared up to our long throws but we have to mix it up, pass it around, as well as being direct. I think it is good to build it from the back.”

Bennett, 27, joined the Owls last summer after rejecting a new deal at Nottingham Forest. Although initially a regular at left-back, he was later replaced by Reda Johnson, who is currently injured.

“We are playing more football under the new gaffer which I think I am suited to,” he observed.

“The way he (Megson) wanted to play maybe suited different people. But everyone is putting in good performances and the whole team is a bit more balanced now. And the more the new gaffer gets to work with us, we are only going to get stronger.”

Four years ago, Bennett was in a Forest side that finished second in the League One table and won promotion to the Championship.

The men from the City Ground clinched that success on the final day of the season with a victory over Yeovil.

“Obviously, I will try to pass that experience on to the lads,” he said.

“It can go right to the wire so you have to keep your momentum and focus. It is a similar situation and, at the minute, we have probably got one of the best form records in the league.”