Blackpool Vs. Birmingham City: Roger Johnson Remains Quite Good

Luke Varney beats his mark near midfield and goals streaking into the final third, down the left side of the middle third. Charlie Adam cuts across the defense and runs onto a ball played behind the line on the left flank. Two touches and he rolls to to the spot, when Varney had continued his run. Too bad Roger Johnson as there to send the ball out.

Two Blackpool passes and the Tangerines have another chance. It looks like it's David Vaughn letting it go from the right, 20 yards out. Johnson is back, sliding across goal, at 12 yards.

While he received accolades last year when writers sought to explain Birmingham City's unexpected foray into the top half, Roger Johnson's been overlooked this year, a consequence of Brum's reversal of fortunes. With your club sitting 19th, nobody's looking for the good. Why is this team struggling is not a question answered with Roger Johnson. But when your team is ahead 1-0 on a somewhat fluke goal and your defending is keeping the home team from finding an equalizer, your name will find headlines.

Last year, those headlines where followed by musings, whether then 26-year-old could get consideration for England. Those musings have stopped, but Johnson's play remains as strong, perhaps making him one of this season's most overlooked defenders.

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