Johnson banks on Owls’ confidence

Reda Johnson
Reda Johnson

WEDNESDAY head for Preston today with an approach that is new when compared to their struggles of last season, says Reda Johnson.

The defender insists that dropping points in stoppage time has failed to dent Hillsborough spirits.

“The difference between this season and last is that the team have big confidence,” said Johnson.

“We haven’t won our last two but we are going to Preston looking for a win. Maybe last year we would have been going to Preston to have a draw; players didn’t have the confidence to play properly. But this season the confidence is here. Players have very good ability; we can score from free kicks, corners and from playing football. Last year it was a big difference: if someone scored it was ‘wow’.”

Johnson refuses to dwell on the way victory was snatched away by Huddersfield and Walsall and says the team can learn from mistakes: “We keep believing, and we are in a good position.”

Gary Megson believes that at times the Owls pay for a shortage of experience: “We have made some silly decisions through a lack of knowhow or experience. The back four towards the end of Monday’s game wasn’t experienced apart from Miguel Lllera.” James Tavernier is 20, Danny Batth 21, Johnson 23 and Llera 32. Keeper Richard O’Donnell is 23.

The Owls have youth in forward positions: Gary Madine is 21 and Sanchez Watt 20 - neither figured against Walsall - and Ben Marshall is 20.

Megson added: “If I could have added a certain type of player, we’d have been four points clear in second spot - somebody who can talk and organise us.”

Meanwhile Sheffield United have denied making a bid for Wednesday’s on loan winger Ben Marshall. The Stoke City player has recently been offered a three-year contract by Potters’ boss Tony Pulis.