Sheffield Wednesday: New recruit salutes JJ

Matchwinner .Jermaine Johnson.
Matchwinner .Jermaine Johnson.
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NEW boy Seyi Olofinjana has paid tribute to match-winner Jermaine Johnson and set his sights on playing a key role of his own in Sheffield Wednesday’s progress.

Johnson scored two superb goals against Blackburn and took the Owls a step closer to safety.

Loan signing Olofinjana, who described JJ’s winner as “wonderful”, expects the club to stay up and wants to join them fully from Hull in the summer so he can aid an improved Championship campaign next season.

The experienced midfield player said of Johnson: “He’s unplayable at times.

“He’s so temperamental at times; he’s such a character but when he’s on his game he’s unplayable.

“On his day, he can be anything. When he’s not on song he can be very lazy defensively. But as long as he keeps doing that (with his finishing) every week, I don’t mind doing all the running!

“He’s a good lad (in training), works ever so hard, joins in everything, is not big time or anything.

“I’ve have only been here a week, but I think in the last few games he’s played he’s getting to realise: ‘the upward movement of this club might rest on my shoulders’.

“He can create things, he can score himself. He’s got to know that we are there to support him, break things down, give him the ball and let him do his magic.

“There have been different games when I have played against him. On occasions he has been hopeless, but when he’s on, he is unplayable.”

Olofinjana’s Hull contract ends this summer and he said “without a shadow of doubt” that he wants to stay at Hillsborough and the club “definitely” will avoid relegation.

He added: “It takes men (to win a survival scrap). It takes everybody singing from the same hymn sheet. I think we have that. We lack a bit of quality at times, I must say that. But the ability to defend as a team and encourage one another is evident.

“Now let’s stay in this league and build on that next season.”

The ex-Stoke and Wolves player also said: “I must commend the fans. We had 29,000 the previous week; 24,000 this time. I can only imagine what it’s going to be when we are second or third!”

He regards the Owls’ recent form as a testimony to the efforts of the staff: “It’s a good thing, the encouragement and the work they put in to get the boys going.

“A lot of clubs would have sort of packed it in, but we are fighting for our lives and we will definitely see ourselves stay in the Championship.”