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14 December 2012

Midfielder in confident mood

NORWICH City midfielder Bradley Johnson has praised the influence of Chris Hughton’s summer signings ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road.

The Canaries’ only ever-present has been a key player in recent weeks as the team has gone on a nine-game unbeaten run in the league, despite suffering defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Tuesday.

However with goals spread around the team and an impressive 4-3 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last weekend, the Canaries are in a promising position ahead of the Christmas period.

He told Canaries Player: “The gaffer has brought in good players this summer in defence, like Sebastien Bassong, Michael Turner, and Javier Garrido – they’re all experienced players who have played in the Premier League before and it’s working well for us. 

“They’ve been there, done it, and they know what it takes. 

“Bassong is always talking to me during the games and it’s a great help. Playing in the lower leagues and coming up to the top-flight, I now feel that I’m playing well. 

“The lads behind me are doing a good job keeping out the goals, and the lads up front are doing a good job scoring the goals, so it’s a big effort from everyone.

“Everyone writes us off but we keep proving people wrong. 

“We’ve gone on an unbeaten run of ten games, and nobody has really heard about it. 

“I’m sure if another team had done it you would have, but long may it continue - I don’t mind being underdogs as long as we prove everyone wrong on the pitch, which is what we’re doing.”

After the defeat to Villa Johnson confirmed that the squad is determined to bounce back and get back to winning ways, but knows any game against Roberto Martinez’ Wigan will be a difficult test.

He added: “Wigan are a good team, they’re a good passing team and Martinez is a great manager, so it’ll be a good game on Saturday.

“I know Wigan are an established Premier League team, we gave them two good games last year, and it’ll be the same this year.

“We’re a bit more disciplined in the way we play this year, we’re not as open whereas we were a bit gung-ho going for goals last season. We had the motto of you score - we score. But this year we’ve tightened up things at the back, we’re more of a unit and conceding less goals, which is a good thing. 

“We reflected on the game against Villa and we know we didn’t’ play right. 

“The unbeaten run we went on was down to us all working hard as a team and sticking together, and I don’t think we did that on Tuesday, although Villa did have a good game, but it wasn’t us to our standards.

“We’re putting that behind us and we’ve got to go into the Wigan game and do what we did against Swansea. 

“This is the hardest league to be in, and the hardest thing is to stay in this league, but we’ve proven we can beat anyone. 

“When Manchester United came here we were underdogs and everyone thought we were going to lose, and the same with Arsenal. 

“We can beat anyone on our day, and hopefully we can do that again on Saturday.”

To watch the full press conference with Bradley Johnson on Canaries Player, click here.

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