IF Town can go on and win at Wembley it will be the perfect end to a frustrating season for popular loan man Damien Johnson.
IF HUDDERSFIELD Town can go on and win at Wembley it will be the perfect end to a frustrating season for popular loan man Damien Johnson.
The influential 33-year-old midfielder played just one match between early December and March because of injury as Town challenged at the top of the League I table.
He’s been back, however, to help Town finish the season proper and steer the club past MK Dons into a Wembley play-off final against Sheffield United – and he’s now determined to finish the job by earning a place in the Championship.
“I love playing for this club and I’ve been very frustrated by the injuries,” said Johnson, the on-loan Plymouth player whose experience was key in both legs against MK Dons.
“The club have always looked after me very well and I’ve always felt a part of the club, even when I wasn’t playing.
“So everything taken into consideration, it’s great to help them into a Wembley final and it will be a great day out for everyone.
“It’s fantastic for the players and staff but also for our supporters, who have been absolutely brilliant.
“There were 4,000 of them down at stadium:mk for the first leg on Saturday and it felt like we were playing at home.
“Then they turned out in force at home for the second leg to help us get through and now we’ve got the final – and everyone wants to go to Wembley.”
A promotion winner in his time with Birmingham – where he was club captain – Johnson has augmented his career with 56 appearances for his country over an 11-year spell and is well respected throughout the game.
To win promotion at Wembley would be another highlight and the man from Lisburn added: “It’s important we focus and prepare properly, both physically and mentally.
“That was the case against MK Dons, because even after winning the first leg 2-0, enough of us in the squad have been around the game long enough to know that sort of scoreline can be turned around in a lot less than 90 minutes.
“We knew the job we had to do and, now, we’ll prepare to do another job and hopefully get the outcome we want.”