Midfielder disappointed by manner of FA Cup exitBRADLEY Johnson spoke of his frustration after Norwich City were knocked out in the FA Cup Third Round by Preston North End at Deepdale.
Two goals from Lilywhites striker Paul Gallagher proved enough to take the hosts through to the next stage of the competition, with the Canaries now left to focus on their Sky Bet Championship campaign.
The 27-year-old captained the side in the absence of regular skipper Russell Martin, and after the game told Norwich City TV: “We’re bitterly embarrassed as we know it wasn’t good enough.
“No disrespect to Preston but we should be beating them. They’ve done well, but we’re all disappointed; we’ve let everyone down, we’ve let the fans down, and we’ve let ourselves down.
“The manager picked a strong team today, and we’ve let him down as we should have won the game. We’ve got talent in the team but if you don’t work hard as a team and work together then you’ll get found out, and that’s what happened.
“Coming here we knew it was going to be a hard game, and we just didn’t match their work-rate. They outworked us today and beat us by wanting it more, which isn’t good enough.”
While some may view City bowing out of the FA Cup a blessing in disguise as they push for promotion back to the Premier League, Johnson disagrees, commenting: “We wanted a run, especially after what happened two years ago against Luton.
“It doesn’t get any easier, as we’ve got to go to Bournemouth next, but the only thing we can do is put in a performance because we’ve let everyone down. We can only concentrate on that now, and getting back to winning ways in the league.”