Johnson targets push for play-offs

High hopes: Reda Johnson won't give up on promotion.
High hopes: Reda Johnson won't give up on promotion.
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REDA Johnson faces old club Plymouth today clinging to the hope that the Owls can mount a promotion challenge.

The defender refuses to write off Wednesday’s chances though they are 16th in the table.

“If we do stay in this division, we will have to do a better job next year,” he admitted.

“But I believe. In football, you should. You can’t play football and not have some ambition.

“Yes, I think we can do it [get into the top six]. There are 15 games left, 45 points to play for. Why not?”

Johnson hopes that Plymouth emerge from their financial problems and believes they can escape relegation despite the deduction of 10 points which has left them bottom of the table.

He is also grateful that the Pilgrims gave him his break in English football.

“I’m am pleased to play against Plymouth and see my friends, but I hope we beat them and we will do all we can to take the three points,” he said.

“It was hard for me to leave; I came to this country from France, and did not speak the language. I can just say thank you to Plymouth.

“I think they can stay in this league. There are some teams who are not far above them.”

The Benin international says he will miss the Owls match against Dagenham on March 26 because of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast on the 27th.

He played left-back for the first half of a 3-2 friendly defeat in Tripoli last month before the troubles in Libya erupted.

Plymouth players and staff are being asked to continue to work without pay after the club entered administration yesterday.

Control of the Pilgrims has been handed to Brendan Guilfoyle, the administrator who took charge of Crystal Palace, Leeds and Luton and succeeded in finding buyers when those clubs were in a similar situation to Plymouth’s.