Reid under fire from Wednesday air raids

Goal ace: Tommy Miller scored.
Goal ace: Tommy Miller scored.
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PLYMOUTH are braced for a threat from Reda Johnson and Gary Madine at Hillsborough today.

The Pilgrims believe that the Owls will attempt to use the two’s aerial ability at set pieces.

Heads up: Striker Gary Madine poses a threat from corners.

Heads up: Striker Gary Madine poses a threat from corners.

Johnson is always useful at attacking and defending corners and free-kicks, and last week’s winner at Carlisle came from a corner in which Madine was involved.

The centre-forward flicked on Tommy Spurr’s kick at the near post, and this led to Tommy Miller smashing home a volley.

Plymouth manager Peter Reid says: “Wednesday are big and strong. Six or seven of their players are over 6ft.

“They got a goal off a corner last week, so we will have to be alert defending every dead-ball situation.

“I think it will be a quick, physical game and we need to be up for it in terms of competing against them.

“Then, hopefully, we can get it down and play some football.

“We know Reda is a handful. He got important goals for us.

“We are aware they are particularly strong at dead-ball situations and we have got to defend them.”

Johnson scored two for Plymouth, and has grabbed two for the Owls since his £150,000 move from Home Park in January.

Madine has netted three since his £400,000 switch from Carlisle.

Plymouth ended a run of six successive defeats by beating Colchester 2-1 at home last Saturday.

The result is also said to have boosted morale among the players, who had not been paid for two months.

Reid says: “I have been in football a long time and I hadn’t had a losing streak like it.

“It was getting to me, I must admit, because losing is something I don’t like. So to win that match was a huge relief and a fantastic boost.

“Now we have just got to try to build on it. The sun has been shining, the training has gone well and the players are upbeat.

“We have got to see it through to the game against Wednesday, which will be hard.

“They are what I call one of the big clubs in our league.

“It will be a difficult game but it’s always a pleasure going to places like Hillsborough.”

Reid, like Gary Megson, also reflects on the days when he and the Owls manager were team-mates in Manchester City’s midfield:

“We did quite well together. I think we were more the aggressive style of midfield players. I’m not sure how we would get on these days!

“I can remember playing in Manchester derbies in the centre of midfield with Gary and it went well. He’s an experienced manager who has done it at the highest level.”