SURPRISE package Reda Johnson thanks teammate Lewis Buxton for helping him to be a hit at left-back.
Johnson had never been viewed as a full-back until he was switched there by Gary Megson last month.
But the Benin international was confirmed as first choice ahead of summer signing Julian Bennett when he regained his place for the Sheffield derby after missing one game because of international duty.
“I think I am doing better every game,” said Johnson, who plays centre-half for his country. “I learn a lot from Lewis Buxton, because he is a very good right-back, so I am trying to do the same.
“He gives me a lot in training; we work in training; he gives me some help with my position. He is a friend.”
Johnson says he has had to adjust to the different demands of playing left-back.
“I run a lot! I think the day I am back at centre-half, it will be easier for me!
“But it’s good. Before, I kicked the ball to the strikers; now, I have to cross. I have more chances to score, too. It’s different but I’m happy.”
He is not sure whether he wants to make left-back his main position: “Since I was a child, I have been a centre-half.
“I am playing and the team is winning, so I am happy.”
Johnson also thinks that competition from Danny Batth and Rob Jones has helped his centre-half game: “When players come in you try to be better. It’s good for me. Since last year I have become a better player.”
The derby performance and the Owls’ rise up the table have reinforced the defender’s opinion that there is “no limit” to what the club can ultimately achieve.
But, ahead of today’s game against Colchester, he says: “We are a in a good position to get back in the Championship. But we have only played 13 games. It is over 46 games. We have to keep going.”