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DEREHAM SUPPORT NOT A SURPRISE FOR JOHNSON

14 July 2014

Midfielder knows fans will back City through thick and thin

BRADLEY Johnson wasn’t surprised to see Norwich City’s fans out in numbers for the Club’s first pre-season game at Dereham Town.

The majority of the 2136-strong crowd at Aldiss Park were donning yellow and green as Kyle Lafferty netted on debut to get Neil Adams’ side off to a winning start.

Johnson, speaking to the press after the final whistle, noted how the Yellow Army’s unswerving support for their team was in evidence once again.

“They always have (turned out in numbers), since the day I came here they’ve stuck behind us,” he said.

“I know they’ll be there in their numbers again this year, so hopefully we can make the season good for them and get promoted.

“It was a disappointing year last season, but we’ve got to put that behind us now and focus on the forthcoming year.”

Johnson highlighted the impact of Lafferty, who played the second 45 minutes and impressed before smashing home a volley from close-range to secure the victory a quarter of an hour from time.

“He causes problems Kyle. He’s a handful, we’ve seen that training and he showed the fans what he’s about. I think he’ll do well for us this year if he stays fit and gets in the team,” he added.

“It was a good game, Dereham did try and play football, so it was good for everyone to get their miles up for the first game of the season. The main thing was for everyone to stay injury free and we did that.

“It’s been a long break, and obviously with the disappointment of last year we want to put it right this year. The lads are itching to get going.”

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