Leon Johnson says he can’t afford to drop his level of performance because there is quality waiting in the wings.
The centre-back has impressed in his two outings so far this season against Morecambe and AFC Wimbledon, but knows he must keep delivering when he steps over that white line.
“I’m a little bit older now but I’m feeling ok,” said Johnson.
“I need to stay on top of my game, everyone does. Defensively we’ve got some very good players.
“Anthony Stewart played alongside me at
, Doc is coming back and Kortney is champing at the bit to play.
“You’ve got to play well to stay in the team or the manager will change it.”
Despite being in direct competition for places with Stewart and Hause, the 32-year-old is only too happy to offer advice for the good of the team.
He said: “If I can pass on some of my knowledge to the younger lads then I will. They’re learning but I’m also still learning.
“There’s a good group of younger lads who are willing to listen.”
Wanderers played for almost an hour with 10 men and Johnson believes the side showed the spirit and togetherness that Gareth Ainsworth has instilled in them.
He said: “We battled hard with 10 men and maybe we deserved something for our work.
“In the past we may have got thumped, but we stayed solid, worked hard and I feel we were probably the better team for some parts.
“We didn’t park the bus either, we still tried to go forward and get a goal.
“We’ll dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.”
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