Boss takes loss on chin

Banned: Reda Johson is suspended for the next two Wednesday matches.                        Picture: Steve ellis
Banned: Reda Johson is suspended for the next two Wednesday matches. Picture: Steve ellis

sHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY are counting the cost of their FA Cup exit with Reda Johnson collecting his 10th booking of the season last night which means he is suspended for the league games against Exeter and Stevenage.

But manager Gary Megson underlined the fact the promotion campaign has always been the club’s priority though he was disappointed with the way the Owls lost 3-0 at home to Blackpool.

Johnson was booked in the first half and was taken off at half time so there was no risk of him being sent off.

A red card would have meant him being banned for the dismissal while also remaining on nine yellows - and still at risk from suspension under the totting up procedure.

Megson confirmed: “Reda got booked. We didn’t want him getting a red card on top of that. That was the only reason he was taken off. It is a disappointment that we are playing without him now for the next couple of games.”

The Owls boss also said: “We had a great opportunity in the second minute. If that goes in I am not saying the result would have been different but I think our performance would have been. I thought Blackpool looked a class act at times while we looked a bit laboured.

“But everything at this club points us towards being successful in the league which is what we have to try to do.

“We are not strong enough to fight on the fronts of getting good results against Yeovil then Blackpool then hopefully at Exeter. We had to chop and change the team and we weren’t strong enough to take on a good Blackpool team who are fourth in the Championship.”

Megson also explained the omission of Jermaine Johnson, who was not even on the bench: “Arguably he is playing his most consistent football. He has taken over from Ben Marshall. At the moment he has probably got a better scoring ratio than Ben.

“He doesn’t create as many but we need to keep him fit. He has a history of hamstring injuries. We wanted to give him a breather. He played well against Yeovil and he will play at Exeter.”