Football - Defensive display delights Jones

Dave Jones praised his side's defensive performance as Sheffield Wednesday beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Hillsborough.

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Chances were largely few and far between in a poor quality npower Championship game that was disrupted by a sticky pitch and a goalless first half passed without incident.

The scrappy play continued in to the second half and the game looked as if it was heading for a draw until one moment of real quality in the 81st minute provided the home side with their winning goal.

Michail Antonio worked hard to keep the ball on the right-hand side before providing a superb cross that was headed home off the underside of the bar by Leroy Lita.

It was enough to secure the three points and extend Wednesday's unbeaten run to a seventh game.

Wednesday manager Jones said: "It was a hard-earned win from a dogged performance.

"I thought we were solid, we protected Chris Kirkland really well and I think we deserved the win in the end."

"I was really pleased with the goal, it was a fantastic ball in from Antonio and you know what you get from Leroy, it's what he's all about.

"He was hardly in the game for long spells but when he gets the chance he usually puts the ball in."

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