John happy to be back

Last updated : 06 January 2003 By Brian Cartlidge
John was a surprise inclusion in the squad for the game at Loftus Road and marked his return to action with a late consolation goal for Blues in the 3-1 defeat.

The Blues top scorer was used as a second-half substitute despite only having two full training sessions since returning from a knee operation in early December.

"It's good to be back playing and hopefully it's a case of turning the corner with that goal," John told the B'ham Evening Mail.

"When me and Craig Fagan came on for the second-half they scored after about 30 seconds and it killed us.

"We ran around, tried to have a go, and the 45 minutes was a good for my fitness. I've only had a couple of proper training sessions and I'm short of match fitness, but it will come with more games.

"I needed to score even before I had the operation. Maybe it will give me a bit of confidence and the new year will be a better one for me, one in which I can stay injury free."