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Owls captain Reda Johnson is vowing that the best is yet to come from him and the team.

He has revealed that he is unhappy with his own form and feels that the club should be higher in the table, with the squad that they have.

Reda Johnson says the Owls should be higher in the table

Reda Johnson says the Owls should be higher in the table

But he regards today’s Yorkshire derby clash with Huddersfield as the ideal occasion for the Owls to improve after the defeat at Derby.

Johnson says he is still less than 100 per cent match fit after the injuries that affected him last season and in the summer, and caused him to miss the start of this campaign.

“I know my fitness is not right. With games, it’s getting better and better,” he said.

“I think everyone can see the way I was playing and the way I am playing now are not the same, but I still have my enthusiasm. I never give up. I am happy to be on the pitch and will always give 100 per cent.”

He also wishes has had scored more than one goal this season. “I am not happy with my position, both in football, first, and my goal record,” he said.

“If I can score more it should be better, but the most important thing is for us to come back in the table.

“This game is a derby - what better game for us to come back to and make everyone and us happy? Huddersfield is the right game for us.”

He has no doubts that the third-from-bottom Owls can revive.

“With the quality of the players we have got, we cannot stay in this position,” he said. Johnson knows that he has to be on his toes: Dave Jones is on record as saying that Joe Mattock is “on fire” and challenging the skipper for the left-back spot.

Reda has been made captain since Anthony Gardner suffered a long-term injury but he believes that this role has had no impact on his form.

“I have been captain before, at Plymouth and when I was in France; for me it’s not something different.

“The armband is just about the partnership you have with the other players. You don’t have to do more or something different; you play every game like you always play.”

Plymouth boss and ex-Owls star John Sheridan has welcomed the arrival of the Owls’ 21-year-old striker Caolan Lavery on loan until January 1.

“Hopefully Caolan will give us that extra bit of bite, and push the people who are already here.”