Derby County fans make point about Bradley Johnson after Sheffield Wednesday loss

Gary Rowett manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Brentford at iPro Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

Bradley Johnson struggled badly as Derby County suffered a shock Championship defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Gary Rowett manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Brentford at iPro Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

This was the most Championship of Championship results.

A struggling Sheffield Wednesday side, sinking fast and hurtling towards the relegation battle, ended promotion chasing Derby County’s 12-game unbeaten run with a deserved 2-0 win at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

A first win under Dutch coach Jos Luhukay was secured by a quite stunning double from Lucas Joao, Sheffield Wednesday’s Portuguese forward - who had scored just three league goals in 2017/18 before the midweek clash.

The shock defeat, then, leaves Derby a point adrift of Aston Villa in third place having missed their chance to take back the second automatic promotion position. And, understandably, Derby fans were less than impressed – but with one player in particular.

Bradley Johnson of in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Reading at iPro Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Derby, England.

Bradley Johnson was well below his best on Tuesday night, though he wasn't helped by Derby manager Gary Rowett’s decision to field him wide left. Rowett hasn’t made many bad decisions of late, but this was a call he got wrong.

Johnson was unable to influence the game at all from an attacking stand-point. A player who has contributed eight goals and assists this season finished the 90 minutes at Hillsborough with just one shot and one key pass to his name.

Bradley Johnson of Derby celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

Johnson is capable of much more when utilised correctly. And perhaps this is why Derby fans have been especially critical of his performance:

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