Sheffield Wednesday: Owls skipper targets Brum victory

Reda Johnson urges on his team mates in the 1-1 draw against 10-men Yeovil
Reda Johnson urges on his team mates in the 1-1 draw against 10-men Yeovil
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Wednesday’s new captain Reda Johnson is targeting Saturday’s game at Birmingham as the one that can give the club their first win of the season - because it is away from home.

The left back does not dispute Dave Jones’ view that the team have been below their best at Hillsborough and seemed inhibited in their 1-1 draw with 10-man Yeovil.

The manager felt that the team “froze” on Saturday and fell below the standards that earned them draws at Leeds and Middlesbrough.

Johnson said: “The gaffer is outside the pitch so he sees it better than us. If he said that, it’s true.

“At the moment things aren’t going well for us at home. We play maybe with more confidence when we play away. But we have to win games at home.

“Maybe we lacked a bit of confidence (on Saturday). Sometimes we kicked too many long balls.

“When you play against 10 men, you have to make the difference and make the space but we didn’t create the chances or the space.

“Yeovil deserved a point, They worked hard and worked well together together. We didn’t do the job.”

Johnson and Jones both took consolation in the fact that the Owls are unbeaten in four games.

Added the defender: “We got very good results when we drew at Leeds and Middlesbrough. You have to win at home. We didn’t do it, so we have to do it in the next game.

“We play Birmingham on Saturday and we are already focused on the game. We know what we have to do.”

Johnson, proud to have been made captain in place of the injured Anthony Gardner, said that he likes playing at home:

“I think the fans can help us. The more fans there are, the better it can be.”

He was unsure whether some of the players felt extra pressure when playing at Hillsborough.

Johnson feels that the team need to improve their passing, and were caught out by Yeovil’s equaliser:

“When you play against 10 men, you have to take (mark) someone. We didn’t do it, and that cost us the goal - because someone was free.”

New loan centre half Roger Johnson is due to join in training today after not being involved in Saturday’s game.