Sheffield Wednesday: Wolves star expects tough test

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Roger Johnson predicts that Dave Jones will make life hard for him and Wolves team-mates at Hillsborough tomorrow.

The centre half played under Jones at Cardiff and believes that players can respond to his demands.

“Dave Jones expects hard work and honesty from his players,” said Johnson.

“He wants much the same as the new manager here - to get the best out of people and for players to work hard even if they’re having a bad game.

“It’s going to be tough, needing a lot of work and a lot of tackles.”

New Wolves manager Dean Saunders has made a favourable impression on the centre half who score in a 1-1 draw at Blackburn last Friday - Saunders’ first game as boss after he replaced Stale Solbakken. “I like people who tell you how it is, and the gaffer is like that,” Johnson said. “He’s got his way of playing, and if people don’t want to do it, you won’t be in the team.

“First impressions have been good, and I’ve also spoken to a few mates who’ve had him as a manager and they’ve said good things. Hopefully he can turn it around.

“The fans have got behind the new manager and we’ve gone a bit more direct. It’s not that we didn’t want it to work with Stale but now we’ve got a totally different approach and it’s getting in people’s faces and hopefully this will be successful.”

While Johnson and colleagues are making a fresh start under a new manager, Wednesday’s ex-Wolves defender Daniel Jones has left the club by mutual consent, no real surprise after his lack of recent opportunities.