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Johnson took it on the chin

Roger Johnson might have remained as Wolves captain since the departure of Mick McCarthy, but the former Blues defender didn't keep his starting spot at Newcastle.

After the 5-1 defeat to West Brom and this being Terry Connor's first game in charge of the team, it was obvious changes would be made.

The victim of those changes was Johnson who was dropped from the starting XI and was an unused substitute in Connor's first game in charge.

'I didn't want to do it but I thought it was the right decision, I'm not blaming Roger for us losing to West Brom but most people would agree you couldn't keep the same team and subs when you've lost 5-1.' Connor told the Birmingham Post.

Connor continued: 'But Roger took it very well, took it on the chin. He supported the lads and did everything I'd expect of him as captain of the team. That's what you have to do.

'He will want to be in the next team so he has to be a good pro. Being captain doesn't mean that you have to play in every game.'

Johnson's recent form had been brought into question by some Wolves fans so it was a popular choice.

But was it a decision Mick McCarthy would have made and did that decision have any outcome on the well earned point?

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 29 2012

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

But was it a decision Mick McCarthy would have made? Think he had already dropped him once.... Did that decision have any outcome on the well earned point? Definitely Ive said this before, Johnsson is the most expensive flop in a Gold shirt. If we can somehow recoup our losses we will be lucky, and should use that cash to get 1 maybe 2 new Defenders in the next transfer. Bassong and Craddock (OR Berra) should be at the back, with Zubes and Ward on their flanks. But please, NO MORE Johnson, Stearmans (Or Elokobi for that matter) appearances... EVER !
AdMant
I have to agree AdMant especially about Stearman and Elokobi. But Johnson had shown flashes from time to time, do you not think his partnership with Dann was a good one? or did we just buy the wrong one....I personally thougth we should have bought both.
gregory house
You weren't the only one, GH. However, given that Dann had publicly rejected WW- taking a call from Brum while have a fitness check with us- there was no way that MM was going to buy him. Let's hope he is as bad as RJ because with Samba gone, Blackburn are going to need a decent CD. But, isn't Dann injured at the moment?
Southbank60
Admant your believe in Berra is staggering i know RJ has not been great but Berra is as bad his last two starts he has give the first goal away. And it was nobodys fault but his and both with in the first fifteen minutes because he was ******** around with the ball in his own eighteen yard box. The guy should be on the next bus out of Wolves he is not good enough i still think RJ has a future we just need players of his ability around him like Bassong not Berra or Stearman or Elikobi. RJ is lacking in confidence some of are doings at the back is his fault but lets put it this way third worst defence in the whole league last year and we buy one defender.Their lies the problem on sat we went back to the championship defence and the defence of last season which i have already stated the third worst in all four divisions. That to me proves the whole defence needed sorting out not just one position and to blame one person when the rest are no better is not being fair give RJ a decent partner he will come good. I have my doubts about the same with Berra he is a liability and nothing will change my mind from that point until Berra himself proves otherwise which i very much doubt.
kiawolves
Kia, I agree Berra is only the best of a really bad bunch ... but for 7 million RJ is a COMPLETE JOKE !! Our defence is a COMPLETE JOKE, and if you read my posts from 2 years back you will see ive been bleating on about it for ages... think we've shipped 14 or 15 goals ion our last 5 games, its atrocious, no, disgusting, andif you want to lambaste mick mcarthy for any one thing, it was his complete inability to sort our back line. Wayne must feel like a battering ram by the end of each game! Ive just read too that Hammil has bee farmed out, and I can but chuckle to myself that a player of his talent is loaned out, but berra, johnson, stearman et al get to play in the ifrst team week in week out... Dont be surprised if he is sold on at the end of the loan. WWFC Really do not know what they are doing...
AdMant
Top o the mornin. I like this thread and thoughts within. Let me copy and paste this courtesy of wiki......... Johnson began his career with Wycombe Wanderers, where he spent six years as a professional. He then joined Welsh side Cardiff City in 2006 for 275,000. He was part of the team that reached the 2008 FA Cup Final and was twice chosen as the club's Player of the Year in his three year stint with the club. He signed for Birmingham City in 2009 for 5m. He was part of the team that went on a club record 12 match unbeaten run and that won the 2011 Football League Cup Final. He departed Birmingham in 2011 after their relegation from the Premier League to join Midlands neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers. The relegation is the only blot on his career and one player does not relegate a team. He has consistently proven himself a very good player throughout his career and all his previous managers speak highly of him. He and Dann clicked one of those partnerships together and they worked. He looked great first few games so for me it is plain and simple that he has had it coached out of him this season. It is not like he just turned 34 and suddenly his legs have gone. I would love to have watched training sessions and listen to 'organizational' talks because I think the players heads have been muddled. We went up through our attacking abilities which were too much for anyone in the Championship to handle, there was no outstanding proof of proper defending even then- through the Premiership years we have been dreadful and yes it is shocking that a former defender as good as Mick was, was not able to organize a back four. Roger Johnson? I think he is a cracking player who has had a ***** season but if we sold him at the end of it, you watch him go and shine somewhere else. The next 12 games will tell us a lot. My fear is that Connor was part of the problem in the first place and, having known the players from the day each of them arrived, having trained them for two weeks, we pulled the same old sorry ***** and shipped two goals before the game was barely in. We are averaging two against a game right, and showed no signs of change; one thing I will say is that I am intrigued as to how we will perform next because Newcastle away was hardly an easy start was it? Connor dropped him and I doubt he will pick him this weekend unless he has been reading our words and goes for 3 in the middle opening another spot. We shall know more of course at the end of the season but I think this player will come good for Wolves.
New York City Wolf
I have always said that Stearman is the best CH at the club and it is about time he was played alongside RJ as should have happened at the start of the season.
astraltrader
 

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