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Jones: "Hopefully I can get up to speed quite quickly"

17 July 2016

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After an intense training camp in Hungary the Spireites weren't at the races in losing 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, but Dan Jones is confident better is to come.

First half goals from Owls pair Kieran Lee and Fernando Forestieri settled the scoreline, with Kristian Dennis going closest for the hosts when he fired narrowly wide after the break.

For Jones, the match was as much about honing his match fitness as winning, and he was satisfied with the workout: "My fitness is okay, I felt a bit leggy after all the traveling, but these games are put on for specific reasons.

"I thought Sheffield Wednesday were very good in the first half, they were obviously fresher than we were. We're still trying to get our sharpness and our legs back.

"For me myself I wanted to get the rust out, that was first full 45 minutes in about seven months so it's going to take a bit of time but hopefully I can get up to speed quite quickly.

"There's still a lot more to come from myself and I know that because I could feel myself holding back just because of the injuries that I've had.

"The training schedule in Hungary was very demanding, but very good and very enjoyable. I think we need to communicate more and defend better, but we have a lot of games before Oxford, so I think it will come."

With the time in Telki also helping to build team spirit and togetherness, Jones pinpointed a couple of players missing from Saturday's encounter and spoke of the impact they could have when they return from injury.

"We have a good group and a strong group," said Jones. "We have some good individuals and some good characters as well. We've got Jon Nolan who has some energy, good touches and a good drive about him.

"Then you've got Ched (Evans) and we saw in Hungary what he can do in training. He's going to give us something a lot different to what the fans have seen here in past years. He wants goals and you can see in training that it's all he thinks about."

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