City midfielder delighted with victory
CITY midfielder Bradley Johnson has called on his team-mates to keep picking up points at home after his goal gave Norwich another priceless Barclays Premier League victory over Stoke City on Saturday.
The midfielder’s stunning header just before half time set City on their way to a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Potters – their third in four games.
This recent run of form sees Chris Hughton’s side on ten points from ten games this season, as well as having a Capital One Cup Quarter-Final date with Aston Villa at Carrow Road in December to look forward to.
Johnson told Canaries Player: “We always want teams to come here and be scared of us because it’s our patch.
“We don’t want to be beaten here and every game we go into we want to win, but it’s good to make our home ground a fortress and for teams to fear us.
“More than anything I think we wanted the result today. We knew it was going to be a hard game because Stoke are a good team at what they do.
“I thought we defended well today, but the result was the only thing that mattered and we’ve got the three points, so we’re happy.”
After going 1-0 up, the Canaries weathered a late Stoke storm that saw Kenwyne Jones go close, but ultimately City’s defence stood up well to everything the Potters had to throw at it.
Johnson added: “We knew what Stoke were about, and they did today exactly what they did when they played us twice last season.
“I think they’re the best at what they do. They’re very good at winning knock downs off Peter Crouch up front, and they’re good at playing football too, but we shut them out.
“We’ve done a great job at not conceding from Stoke. Michael Turner has come in, done a great job, just the same as Sebastien Bassong, and long may it continue.
“Whoever plays at the back, they all know their jobs. Leon Barnett and Ryan Bennett came on in the second half, did terrific, and helped us keep a clean sheet.”
There was also added satisfaction today for Hughton’s side, as the goal came from a set piece – something Johnson revealed they have been working hard on in training.
“It’s nice to get the goal, but at the end of the day it’s all about getting points on the board and we’ve done that so I’m happy,” said Johnson.
“We work on set pieces, and Robert Snodgrass has got a great delivery, which he showed on Wednesday night against Spurs and he’s shown it again today.”
To watch the full interview with Bradley Johnson on Canaries Player, click here.