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 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.
Johnson is capable of much more when utilised correctly. And perhaps this is why Derby fans have been especially critical of his performance:
1. What does GR see in Forsyth? 2. Johnson is not a winger. 3. Why make 6 changes? 3 would have been enough. 4. Nobody quick enough to 2nd ball. 5. Why leave it so late to make a change? Big improvements needed. Fair play to #swfc though. Proper club. #dcfc #dcfcfans pic.twitter.com/yViqocdern— James Cotton (@jcotton87) February 13, 2018
He’s very poor. I’ve been calling him out for months. Puts a shift in twice a season. He’s not an option to replace Lawrence, Weimann etc. GR needs to go away and think about things.— Deano (@Deanogarratt) February 13, 2018
As soon as I saw Johnson in the starting line-up I feared the worst!— Phil Ruston (@PRuston) February 13, 2018
Forsyth awful, Johnson diabolical, kiss goodbye to auto' s on that performance— Nathan Horobin (@DCFCHorobin) February 13, 2018
They’re horrible footballers but Fozzy loved by loads for some reason. Nice to see someone else can see what I see. Johnson very poor wherever he’s played.— Deano (@Deanogarratt) February 13, 2018