Bradley Johnson admits Norwich City could do without their Fulham FA Cup replay

Bradley Johnson believes Norwich City could do without their FA Cup date at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Bradley Johnson believes Norwich City could do without their FA Cup date at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
9:06 AM

While former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert caused himself more trouble than it was worth when he slighted the arrival of FA Cup hostilities this season, the sentiment might well extend to his old club this week.

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The Canaries travel to Fulham for Tuesday evening’s third-round replay off the back of Premier League defeat at Everton and with the need to exert every possible ounce of preparation in the direction of beating Hull at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Those two Premier League reasons are why a cup distraction isn’t really wanted at the moment – according to City midfielder Bradley Johnson

“We could do without the replay this week,” he admitted. “We do want to get as far as we can in the cup and we want to win every game we go into. So the Fulham game is no different. But we want to stay in the Premier League – and that is our main priority this year.

“I would agree the Hull game is a must win. I think our main focus is staying in this league and we’ve got the cup game in midweek, but for myself and I think for everyone, we’re concentrating on winning against Hull.

“Obviously it would be nice to get a good run in the FA Cup but our main priority now is staying in this league and we know we’ve got a massive game on Saturday now.”

But to think there is little at stake – or little relevance – to the Canaries’ league prospects when they take to the pitch at Craven Cottage would not only be wrong. It would be missing a trick.

City’s current run of seven games without a win includes the first attempt at third-round progress against Fulham at Carrow Road: one stick currently being used to beat the Canaries with.

On the other side of the coin are Sunderland, who have found improvements honed in League Cup success sparking their own Premier League revival. How Norwich City would love to shake off any fears that the world is conspiring against them – thanks to some FA Cup progress.

“We’re not getting our heads down,” added Johnson. “We’re creating chances – we went to Everton and created a few chances. We’re just not clinical enough and that’s something we have got to work on.

“We’ve got to work on it. Hopefully the chances will come, and Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) and Hoops (Gary Hooper) will start scoring for us – although we can’t rely on them. It’s a team game and we’ve got to get some goals from all over the pitch. So hopefully we’ll score some soon.”

Still, it is fair to say Tuesday night’s cup tie will come with Premier League baggage for Chris Hughton’s men. Whoever is picked, their actions in west London will have a major impact on the mood facing the Canaries when they walk out at Carrow Road four days later.

Johnson added: “We’re not looking at the bottom three. We’re just concentrating on what we do and we know we’ve got to start winning.

“I know it’s a cliché and we keep on saying we’ve got another game, but we’ve got to do it now. We can’t keep on saying we’ve got another game.”

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21 comments

  • Available maybe DJ but it's BT Sport on Mr Samsung for me. £500 a year for my season is more than enough commitment under Hughton.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I'm just fed up with reading Johnson's balderdash. Do it on the pitch and shut up!

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Agree with you entirely, LittleYellowBirdie & kenfoggo. This match is worth winning in its own right and it`s an opportunity to put right some of the things that are not working. Like positivity, spirit, attacking intent and team selection\structure. Though you`d think an experienced manager might have got the hang of those things by now.... A perfect result would be a thumping win with ample supply to the strikers. I have pre-tuned to Radio Partridge already! Next, lay in a supply of beer with which to celebrate or drown my sorrows.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I read an article elsewhere that said Becchio is expected to make the starting line up.. could it be??

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I wonder what sort of attendance there will be tonight. In recent years it seems that the away team will bring thousands yet the home fans can hardly be bothered with it. Last weeks game at Forest was a case in point, despite the totally inconvenient ko time for those from East London ,of mid day on a Sunday.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • If the players in the first game had given 100%, closing down the opposition and taking their chances a reply wouldn't be needed!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Sadly, typically, luckily (depending how you look at it), i'll be actually playing football myself tonight. So ill miss the whole thing sadly unless it goes to extra time I may catch the tale end. Hopefully myself & NCFC can get a win, though I have alot more faith in myself achieving a result than Mr Hughton ;)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Half an hour gone, one nil down.....it's going to script?

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Jigs... Johnson was a best player by miles at Everton. Give the man credit. OTBC

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    sharky

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I agree that this is not just a side-show to the main event of the Premier league. A win tonight could do a great deal for team spirit and confidence going forward to the Hull fixture.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Joy of joys, I get to see the game live tonight. Otherwise its been slim pickens this season to see my beloved birds here in Sweden. Can only agree with some of you that an opportunity to gel a few players, and the ones that dont usually play is a good thing. Lets face it, they have more to play for. Feet up and enjoy the match boys and girls.

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    Yellowfirebird

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • That only speaks volumes regarding how awful we've been. Ive been very vocal on my opinions on Bradley Johnson. Does the muscle job of a DMC to a decent degree but we consistently lose the ball when its at his feet, usually under zero pressure as well. Play breaks up, ball lands at Johnsons feet and suddenly he thinks hes David Beckham and pings a ball into the directors box for Delia to head on. Scary thing is though ive found myself the last few league games saying hes been one of our better players. Very scary!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Joy of joys, I get to see the game live tonight. Otherwise its been slim pickens this season to see my beloved birds here in Sweden. Can only agree with some of you that an opportunity to gel a few players, and the ones that dont usually play is a good thing. Lets face it, they have more to play for. Feet up and enjoy the match boys and girls.

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    Yellowfirebird

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • just hope it doesnt go to extra time and pens,for the sake of the team and me!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I agree that this is not just a side-show to the main event of the Premier league. A win tonight could do a great deal for team spirit and confidence going forward to the Hull fixture.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I would have thought any opportunity to enable the players to learn to play as a team would be valuable...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Not only that, tonight is a great opportunity to but Fulham's bogey team status to bed once and for all. It can be done.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Should have beat them in the first place, then there would be no need for a replay.

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Unlikely I'll get to see the match in Belgian YellowFireBird although will do a channel scan. Was going to get a Eurostar for the game but crazy prices and just not worth it. Never expected to be thinking that way but demoralised after the cr@p of boxing day. Tickets for the game are available still at the ground.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • guessing it will be a ghost town from both sets of fans to be fair. Even before it was announced it was on TV it wasnt going to sell many. shame

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Why do I get the feeling every journo is trying to create something out of nothing with there wording of certain headlines regarding the FA Cup not being important. I listened to the interview and 100% Bradley Johnson wasn't trying to imply the Cup isn't important. Just at the minute we need wins in the league etc....While hes far from my favourite player on the pitch I Keep hearing NCFC fans slating him when hes not actually slated the cup competition at all.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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