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JOHNSON: WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD

19 December 2014

City midfielder focused on future results

BRADLEY Johnson is adamant Norwich City are back on the right track ahead of travelling to face high-flying Derby County this weekend.

The Canaries had endured a testing run of late before returning to their early season form with successive wins over Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town.

Speaking to the media in the build-up to the meeting with the Rams, Johnson said: “Everyone has their ups and downs in the league and I think we’ve had our downs now.

“We’re looking forward. We’ve got two wins out of two now and know Saturday is going to be a tough game but we’re confident we can go to Derby and get something.

“We’ve got to pick up that form we had at the beginning of the season and get back up there. It’s a tight league; we’re only five or six points off so it’s not impossible.”

The City midfielder played a key role in the Club’s bright start to the campaign by netting in each of their opening two home fixtures, before doubling his account with a brace against Huddersfield last weekend.

That leaves the 27-year-old well set to better his previous record personal haul for a single season,  and he added: “I think I scored seven in one season at Leeds so hopefully can beat that.

“I’ve had a few chances to get on the score-sheet. It’s always good to score, but it’s not my main aim; my main aim is to get three points but if I can get nine or 10 [goals] this year I’ll be over the moon.

“Hopefully we [the midfield] can carry on chipping in because it takes a weight off the forwards’ shoulders.”

This weekend’s opponents currently sit just outside the automatic promotion places in the Sky Bet Championship, having responded well to the disappointment of a last minute defeat to QPR in May's play-off final.

Their position in the table comes as no surprise for Johnson, who commented: “I saw a lot of them last season; they’ve got a few good players and are a good team but this league is so tight that on any day anyone can beat anyone.

“We watched their game last week when they lost to Middlesbrough, who pushed them very high up the pitch. They couldn’t handle it, so we’re going to go there and get in their faces and take notice of what Middlesbrough did.

“We can’t have any passengers. Everyone’s got to be on their game and hopefully we’ll get the win.”

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