Bradley Johnson admits it’s time for actions rather than talk after Norwich City’s Everton defeat and recriminations

Bradley Johnson gets irate with referee Kevin Friend during Norwich City's defeat at Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Bradley Johnson gets irate with referee Kevin Friend during Norwich City's defeat at Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, January 12, 2014
7:21 PM

The result at Goodison Park may have looked run of the mill from outside the Norwich City fraternity – but inside, that didn’t stop the long and comprehensive post-match inquisition.

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Be it formations, competitiveness, spirit or looking for the best person to blame, Canaries supporters have sadly found the need to become adept at such chatter following too many full-time whistles involving their club this season.

And after defeat at Everton, the conversation even extended into the Canaries dressing room – although the subjects arising from that group discussion will be staying in house.

“We are confident lads,” said City midfielder Bradley Johnson, as City’s belief became the topic for conversation. “We go into every game hoping we can win and we are confident.

“We had a chat about the game in there and people said their bit, and now we’ve got a massive game on Saturday (against Hull at Carrow Road). We’ve got to stop talking off the pitch and do it on the pitch.”

There is a vocal portion of Norwich fans who would agree with that last sentiment.

So what of one prime issue aired following City’s sticky Toffees experience – a man short in midfield to give Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel their first proper chance to kick off what was conceived in the summer to be a successful strike partnership. It is certainly the Canaries’ most expensive.

“We were outnumbered in midfield and usually we do have that man who drops back for us, and gives us that little bit of an option on the ball,” said Johnson. “The way they set up, they were moving all behind us and it was hard for me and Leroy (Fer) to get forward in the first half. But I think in the second half when we had a go for it, it opened up and we were unlucky in the end.

“The way we started the first half, I think we made it too easy for them. But we came out in the second half and I think we gave it a go, and the game opened up.

“We had a few chances ourselves to score and it was just that today, we didn’t put them away.”

Indeed, lost in some of the recriminations was the fact this was far from City’s worst away day – the visitors had their opportunities in front of goal, and that has not always been the case. But as always, the big difference between top-four challengers and the other end of the table is being clinical.

“You could say that,” added Johnson. “They didn’t really open us up. They obviously scored a really good goal from Gareth Barry and then a terrific free-kick. But they didn’t open us up in any way.

“As I said, the first half we knew we weren’t good enough. We had to close them down and we know we can’t let them shoot from the edge of the box.

“Second half I thought we were the better team. The problem was we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.”

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19 comments

  • Mal.....I remember playing against the real Mal Lucas (difficult to get past). I remember the days when the crowd in the main stand would throw cushions on the pitch to demonstrate their displeasure at refereeing decisions, substitutions etc. Ah those were the days!!

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Can somebody tell me what we have to lose by going to 2 up front. Sam Allardyce went 0 up front and it do him any good.

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Niceone spot on let RVW and Hooper play together for a few games with Redmond on the wing. lets forget about making Redmond think about defending and do what he does best get at the fullbacks and cross the ball in. After all when Hucks was here he couldn't defend to save his life but his attacking ability was used to the full and the teams advantage. I thought Fox was superb against Fulham but I am afraid he will never get a real chance under Hoots, especially as it looks like Gutierrez is coming from Newcastle. Hopefully things will pick up once we get Tettey and Pilks back but don't hold your breath. This week could be interesting it could be make or break as we have the chance to progress in the cup and hopefully a home win against Hull. If not the axe will fall hopefully.

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    JohnW

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • SHHHH I,m still trying to work out your other post

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Well... this one looks straight forward. Agenda Item 1: Open inquest as to why we lost @ Everton? We lost because we have a dull, boring defensive manager. Item 2: Close inquest. Any other business? No? Good. Go to pub for a pint + sausage + mash.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • I think that one of CH failings is that he is indecisive and has therefore not settled a side in his own mind and probably never will. Unfortunately managers feel they have all the power over team selection and will make up their mind when it suits them. Somewhat detatched from reality as it neglects the most important person....the player. I'm with Timbo down the pub and it's his round.

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • .....I have a feeling that Wednesday could be D Day!...It would mean Fulham first and last...but please . No one mention the names of N.A..D.H..or I.R.or even G.Holt..all attackers and more than able... until the air has cleared and the dust has settled.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Once again it's make or break on Saturday and once again Johnson is saying the same old things he says after every loss. Shame he doesn't deliver.

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    jigs69

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Sorry Sharky!!

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Johno while you were trying to get forward where was your mate Fer. It looked like he was out for a jog round Eaton park. Very disappointing display from a man who should know better. I would have had him off at half time to set an example to him.

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Yes Sharky it occured to me that Hughton had written off this game and used it to trial that strike partnership. I think he discovered that Snodgrass is not the man to feed the two strikers or get in there and take a chance himself. The suggestion below of using Nathan to provide crosses may be the answer. Fer looks like he has had enough of Norwich City and there were signs of discontent from RVW as well.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • .....Hey Sharky!...Who bought you the torch?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • RvW a proven goalscorer elsewhere has been injured most of the season, probably isn't fully match sharp and simply isn't getting any service when he is on the pitch. Not surprising he is fed up! 21 games played and Hughton still doesn't appear to have twigged some very basic facts, such as you play a right winger with a right foot and expect him to pressure the fullback. His defensive work comes second by a long chalk. But to Hughton this appears to be his prime responsibility. How else can one ever explain Snodgrass being played all the time on the right wing? I don't know what goes on in Hughton's head but he doesn't appear to have a grasp of even some of the most basic and obvious ways a team should be set up, tactics, use of subs etc. And that aside from his ineffectiveness as a motivator. No wonder the likes of RvW are fed up and wondering why they came to Norwich. I have a friend who is a Newcastle fan and he told me when Hughton came here that it was a really bad choice.So right you were, mate!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Now far be it from me to stir things up, but at least Mr Johnson is showing some emotion. He's not the only one, though, Alan Pardew made a couple of choice comments this afternoon according to the Guardian, but forgive me, I digress. What I'm trying to say is, isn't about time we had a bit of a revolution in Norfolk?. After all, it has been a while since Robert Kett. They did at the Bridge didn't they? Half time, players revolted while AVB sucked his thumb. I'd certainly like to see a few cucumber sandwiches thrown around, and maybe a bit of smoked salmon smeared on the dressing room wall. If we must go down the pan, then let's at least kick up a bit of a stink. Suddenly I feel a bit naughty...

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Three in mid-field? We were over run with four. It was possibly a trial run to play with two up front in the Everton game in preparation to play against similar opposition, as its vital we win games against them now. We are in serious trouble.

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • How many times have different players been wheeled out with this same story! Actions speak louder than words, well let's see them then instead of waffling week after week!

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    blackdog2

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • I don't think you can blame the front two Bradders as we had more goal scoring chances in this game against a good side than we have had in most of our away games previously. RVW is disillusioned with the club and how he has been used to date and I personally don't blame him as he came here with a good reputation as a goal scorer and wound up with a manager who was less than inadequate. Good management of any staff, let alone footballers, means that you develop peoples strengths not set them up to fail which then means you destroy their confidence and do not reap any rewards from the individuals abilities. Bring in a good man manager and we will all see the best of RVW. The RVW partnership with Hoops should be maintained for a minimum of 3 games before any of us (including CH) make any judgements. The midfield question resolves itself into a 4:3:3 situation where we play 2 strikers and 1 winger (for me Nathan) and a midfield trio of Leroy, Bradders & David Fox. Enough of this calling the winger a midfielder as I think we wind up making him "jack of all trades" when I actually want him to work the defenders all game and get crosses into the strikers from behind the opposing defence. Remember that Nathan can switch wings throughout the game to keep the opposing defense on it's toes. Bradders... You can't pack a midfield and thus make it easier for you without loosing attacking strength. You will need to step up the midfield effort and play smart as you are only there to pass the ball from defence to attack in the most effective way possible. One more plea... The moves are there but at the moment it is all just too slow for the Premiership so learn to do things a bit more instinctively and not be so pedestrian. Expect the unexpected!!! Good luck on Saturday.

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • In can think of no other reason as surely this was not the match to play two upfront. I know people here want that, but look and see what other teams do.

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    sharky

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Youre right Bradley, it is time for change, Tettey soon back so we dont have to put up with your miss placed passes and loss of posession each week.

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    Jimhow

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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