Suspension looms for Reda

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OWLS match-winner Reda Johnson fears that it will be impossible for him to avoid suspension because of his combative style of play.

The powerful left back who hit the winner against Yeovil picked up his ninth booking of the season on Saturday and is one away from an automatic two-match ban.

It is a worry for the defender ahead of some big games and knowing that he must avoid a yellow card until April 8 if he is to avoid suspension.

“No chance,” admitted Johnson. “It’s not easy for me because of my game; I am powerful and like to challenge. I think I will get another booking, definitely. It’s a long season.

“I will speak to the gaffer and we will see what we can do.”

Johnson, who served a one-match ban in October for five bookings. was carded in the 21st minute of Saturday’s 2-1 win after he and David Prutton converged on Yeovil midfield player Joe Edwards.

The defender insists: “It wasn’t me. David took his leg and the refereee gave me the card. I said to the referee ‘it’s not me, it’s David.’”

Johnson however refused to make a fuss about the apparently mistaken identity

He looks set to face Blackpool tomorrow in the FA Cup replay at Hillsborough after missing the first tie because of a back injury.

“It is a very good game sheffield wednesday against Blackpool,” he added. “If I take a yellow I will be banned for Exeter (away on Saturday) and Stevenage (at home the following Tuesday).

“We have two big games against Chesterfield and Sheffield United; I want to play against United.”

Gary Megson will find out today whether loan signing John Bostock can play in the Cup.

The Owls boss said of Bostock’s debut against Yeovil: “He did some good things and some poor things.

“He just needs to realise it’s not Tottenham Court Road, this is South Yorkshire and Sheffield 6; we run about and have a right good go; if he allies that to the quality he’s got he will be a really big asset.”

Megson has been asked by chairman Milan Mandaric what he thinks the squad needs now.

The manager feels that an emergency loan signing may been required at some point, with Johnson on nine cautions and Danny Batth and Rob Jones on seven, but that the club can get by for the time being.