Johnson wary of ‘dire straits’

Having gone three matches unbeaten at the start of the Premier

League season, Mick McCarthy’s team have lost their last four

consecutive matches. The slump in form has dragged Wolves down to

14th position in the table and Johnson knows defeat in the Black

Country derby is unthinkable. “We don’t want five losses on the

bounce – we’ll be in dire straits if we lose again,” said the

former Birmingham defender in the Express and Star. “We’re looking

to stop the rot, and, even if we don’t perform well, we must get

something out of the game. “We want to put this run of defeats to

an end and it starts against them.” Johnson’s Wolves colleague,

Stephen Ward, is also aware of the magnitude of the match, but has

urged his club to stay calm. “It’s a massive game for us to come

back into and one I’m looking forward to,” the Irish left-back said

in the Birmingham Mail. “They are always massive occasions and

games you want to be involved in. “Last year we were disappointed

we didn’t win at The Hawthorns but then back at Molineux we gave

the fans a bit of a treat with how well we played. “We know it’s

going to be a tough game and both teams are in a similar sort of

position and will be keen on getting the points.” He added: “But

the key is not to get too carried away with the occasion and who

you are playing because despite knowing it’s a derby and how

important it is, there are still the same amount of points up for

grabs.”