Sheffield Wednesday: Jones seeks best of JJ

Jermaine Johnson celebrates his goal at Bristol City
Jermaine Johnson celebrates his goal at Bristol City

DAVE Jones is challenging Jermaine Johnson to repeat his early-season run of form and build on his fine goal against Bristol City.

The Owls manager believes that the Jamaica international can make an impact as the relegation battle hots up and help to compensate for the absence of the injured Michail Antonio.

Johnson will hope for his first complete performance since Antonio was injured, when Blackburn visit Hillsborough tomorrow.

He was used only as a sub against Barnsley, having returned from international duty only a day before the game, and had to cut short his outing at Bristol because of a hamstring niggle.

But he and new boys Seyi Olofinjana and Stuart Holden trained yesterday and are in the frame to face Blackburn.

Jones believes that JJ shares Antonio’s versatility in being able to play up front or on either wing.

“There’s not much you can explain to him; what he has to do is to use his experience and play in these positions,” said Jones.

“On Monday we told him to get into a position to play off Steve Howard and he got his goal.

“Losing someone of Antonio’s ability is going to hit any club

“JJ, or anyone else who goes in there, has to do what he can do. JJ had a dip, and hopefully he’s coming back to the form he showed in the early part of the season.

“He caused Bristol City no end of trouble on Monday. If he’s selected on Saturday, hopefully he’ll do the same thing.”

Jones also felt that Johnson played well as a sub against Barnsley.