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Making A Point

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10:20 17th January 2013

Johnson aiming for Wednesday win

Roger Johnson is confident the point gleaned from the opening game of Dean Saunders’ reign can prove a catalyst for better times to come as Wolves prepare for Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday (3pm).

It was Johnson who headed home Wolves’ equaliser in last Friday’s draw with Blackburn, the defender also getting on the end of a string of set pieces as the early work carried out by Saunders on the training pitch paid dividends.

The defender had enjoyed life under former boss Ståle Solbakken – rediscovering his best form over the first half of the season – but has also been impressed by Saunders since his arrival and believes a change in style is just what Wolves need.

And he believes it is not beyond Wolves’ capabilities to go on the sort of long unbeaten run which would see them climb the npower Championship table.

“Results haven’t gone our way recently - we’ve had a change of manager and finally we’ve got half a result with the draw against Blackburn,” said Johnson.

“It was key to end the run of defeats and hopefully now things are looking up.

“The fans have got behind the new manager and we’ve had a difference in style of play going a bit more direct.

“It’s not that we didn’t want it to work with Ståle but now we’ve got a totally different approach and it’s getting in people’s faces and hopefully this will be successful.

“It was nice to get a goal as well – it was a great ball in from Jamie and I was happy to finish it off.

“We only had four days last week to cram everything in as to how the gaffer wants us to play and we did some work on set pieces.

“He’s got a few different ideas for us and fortunately I managed to get my head on it.

“I watched the game back when I got home and I don’t think they really troubled us after the early one-on-one and then maybe another shot which Keems saved.

“They didn’t really cut us open and create lots of chances whereas I think we got in behind a fair bit and just didn’t finish off what we created.

“The gaffer will be working on that I am sure and once we start doing that I think it will become second nature.

“We just maybe need a bit of confidence to get that win and then you can go on runs in this league of six or seven unbeaten.”

On Saunders initial impact since arriving ten days ago, Johnson added:  “I like people who tell you how it is and the gaffer is like that.

“He has got his way of playing and if people don’t want to do it then you won’t be in the team, simple as that.

“First impressions have been good and I’ve also spoken to a few mates who have had him as manager and they have said good things as well.

“Hopefully he can turn it around.”

The next scheduled stop is now Hillsborough, where Johnson and Wolves will do battle with an Owls side managed by former successful Molineux boss Dave Jones, for whom the defender played at Cardiff.

He is expecting another tough afternoon in store.

“Sheffield Wednesday will be another typically tough Championship game,” he explains.

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

“They had a good win at the weekend against Hull and we’re coming off the back of ending our run of losses with a draw.

“It should be a good game but it’s one we need to win.

“I know Dave Jones from playing at Cardiff and he expects hard work and honesty from his players.

“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 are having a bad game.

"Every game in this division is tough and anyone can beat anyone else."


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