Confident Johnson tells Owls to keep learning

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MATCH-winner Reda Johnson insists that the fast improving Owls must learn the lesson of last season as they bid to sustain a promotion challenge.

They were among the pace-setters at the turn of the year but slumped down the table and dashed the defender’s aim of going up in his first season at Hillsborough.

But they are back on course and have risen to fourth in League One after his first goal of the season clinched the 1-0 win at Hartlepool.

“When I joined Sheffield Wednesday it was for promotion,” he admitted. “We have a good owner, Milan Mandaric, who does a lot for the club; and the gaffer does a lot.

“We have to keep going, try to win every game. With the fans that we have - they are the best ever - we want to be promoted. We have a chance. We were second in January - but we know what happened after that. It was a big lesson. It is a long season and we have to stay up there.

“We are learning every time we play. We didn’t start as well as last season but now we look very strong as a team. We are playing better and better. It’s good. I think we have turned the corner but we have to keep going.”

Boss Gary Megson played down the significance of the next two games, against Chesterfield and United: “They’re big games geographically, they’re both derbies - we’re going to have to play them; it was supposed to be one of the factors of this season.

“We know it’s going to be difficult in every game we play, regardless of whether it’s United, Chesterfield, Hartlepool, Bury, or whatever. We’re well capable of beating anybody but we’ve proved so far that, when we’re a bit blowsy [untidy], we’re well capable of losing.”

Johnson said it was “fantastic” to score: “Last season I scored five goals. I was thinking ‘why I am not scoring this season?’ But I wasn’t playing every game. Now I am playing every game and hopefully I can score more goals.”

But he misses the Chesterfield game because he will be away with Benin.