JJ rated 50-50 for final day relegation decider at S6

Jermaine Johnson is rated 50-50 for Saturday’s Championship survival decider against Middlesbrough at S6.

He failed to make last Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Peterborough after suffering the latest recurrence of his hamstring problem and Wednesday badly missed his pace and creativity.

Dave Jones said today that JJ has a 50-50 possibility of facing Boro’ and that Reda Johnson “might have a chance” of making the team after being sidelined for the last three matches with a foot injury. The Owls boss confirmed that there are three or four players in a similar position to JJ and that final decisions would probably be made on Friday.

He said: “The players know how important the game is and, if they can make it, then they will be out there.”

We go into the match knowing that, at kick off time at least, we need a victory to ensure survival in our first year back in the Championship.

Jones said: “It’s in our hands and that’s all we’ve ever asked for. We are not having to rely on other people and we know what we’ve got to do … we’re not thinking about relegation, we’re thinking positively.”

He added: “If we can hold down our Championship status then it will be a bigger achievement than last year’s promotion. We are not going to throw it away and the players are up for the challenge.”