Date:Thursday August 9 2007
Cardiff City's towering defender Roger Johnson is confident of being selected to start the first game of the season when Stoke City are the visitors to Ninian Park.
Johnson endured a frustrating start to his Cardiff career, after joining from Wycombe Wanderers last year. Initially, Johnson was a substitute having not played at this level before. Injuries and suspensions to first choice pairing of Purse & Loovens handed Johnson a number of opportunities, in which he acquitted himself well and impressed.
However, he was not able to cement a place in the team, and was often the fall guy when Purse / Loovens returned. Towards the end of last season, Johnson remained a bright spot despite an apalling reversal in form. His accomplished and dominant performances made him a suprise contender for player-of-the-season despite not starting many more than half the games.
Now Johnson hopes he has proved himself and can force his way past captain Purse and start every week. He told the Cardiff Post:
'I'm no different to any other player at Cardiff, I want my name on that team sheet to start against Stoke City on Saturday.'
'Obviously it's up to the gaffer, but I feel I've done reasonably well in pre-season to be in with a shout on Saturday.'
'And, of course, if I'm not in the team I will be greatly disappointed. I can't help it, that's the way I am.'
Johnson's cause may be helped by a lack of match fitness to Darren Purse meaning that Johnson is favourite to partner Glenn Loovens in the heart of the Cardiff defence.
Stoke City include 6ft 4in striker Jon Parkin in their squad and Johnson's extra height may be useful against the aerial threat of Stoke City.
Join our COMPLETELY FREE Vital Fantasy Football League!
There are great cash prizes to be won and you can compete in a Cardiff City fans only league, even creating a mini-league for your friends!
Date:Thursday August 9 2007
Hudson Joins Huddersfield (Monday September 1 2014)
Cardiff Confirm Manga Signing (Monday September 1 2014)
Gabbidon Set For Return? (Monday September 1 2014)
£5m Defender To Sign (Monday September 1 2014)
Solskjaer Pleased With Response (Sunday August 31 2014)
Vital Report: Fulham 1 Cardiff 1 (Saturday August 30 2014)
Stats: Fulham v Cardiff (Saturday August 30 2014)
Vital Preview: Fulham v Cardiff (Friday August 29 2014)
Vincent Tan: Justified? (Thursday August 28 2014)
Bournemouth In Round Three (Wednesday August 27 2014)
|7. Derby County||5||2||2||1||4||8|
|10. Sheff Wed||5||2||2||1||1||8|
|Owls sign former Real Madrid midfielder
» Sheff Wed : 01/09/2014 23:48:00
|RUFC - Luciano Can Score Goals
» Rotherham : 01/09/2014 23:37:00
|Defender moves on loan
» Middlesbrough : 01/09/2014 23:22:00
|RUFC - Argentinian Signs In!
» Rotherham : 01/09/2014 23:21:00
|Rovers Complete Late Double
» Blackburn : 01/09/2014 23:19:00