Sheffield Wednesday: Leader Reda is happy for Stu

Sheffield Wednesday's Reda Johnson gets past Cristian Battocchio at Watford. Pic: Steve Ellis.

Sheffield Wednesday's Reda Johnson gets past Cristian Battocchio at Watford. Pic: Steve Ellis.

  • by Paul Thompson Sheffield Wednesday

Captain Reda Johnson believes that Stuart Gray is doing a sound job and Wednesday can move out of the relegation zone in two days’ time.

Gray is set to stay in charge for the visit of Wigan on Wednesday - an important date for the Owls because it will use up their match in hand on teams around them.

Victory would push them up to 20th - and Johnson is heartened by Saturday’s first away win and first clean of the season, at Watford.

“We are very happy. It was a very good day for Sheffield Wednesday, and it will be good for the mind of the club, the players and the fans,” he says.

“Stuart is a good manager. He knows the club and every player, so it’s easy for him to understand us and make us understand what he wants from us. We know each other very well.

“He is doing a good job, so it is good for him.

“The Wigan game is very important; we know what we have to do; if we get three points we will be out of the relegation zone, which will be very good for the club and the fans.

“We will be ready for it.”

The skipper was thankful for Connor Wickham’s 24th-minute, match-winning free kick at Vicarage Road but praised the team effort.

“It was a great performance; I thank Connor for the free kick - he practises that a lot. Dave Jones did very well to bring him to the club.

“It’s about 11 players, and players like Kieran Lee, who was out for a long time with injury and has done well for the team.

“In the second half against Watford we fought very hard because we didn’t get the ball as much as in the first half; we did the job in the first half.

“With Stuart, we try to stay strong and keep a clean sheet, first. While we are good defensively, we have the chance that we will score and win.”

Wigan, under new boss Uwe Rosler, beat Bolton 3-2 yesterday.




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