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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Bradley Johnson could take a little crumb of comfort in his personal performance at Liverpool – but he knows Norwich City need to provide a collective response when they take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
The midfielder has struggled to match the form that saw him in the running as Canaries’ player of the season last term.
However, he was able to show glimpses of his best form on Wednesday night, in what proved a wretched night for City on Merseyside.
And with Albion just a point and three places above them in the Premier League table, Johnson knows the time has come for Norwich to sort out their form on the road.
“We talked after the Liverpool game about putting things right and there’s no better way to put things right than a quick game on Saturday,” said Johnson.
“Personally, no I haven’t played better than that this season. I’ve been in and out of the team and it’s hard to get your form right when it’s like that.
“But it’s my job and I’m a professional. I’ve got to keep working hard on the training pitch and when I do get my chance, I’ve got to take it. Hopefully I did enough to keep my place on Saturday.”
City’s last five away fixtures in all competitions do not make pretty reading: lost five, three scored, 22 conceded – coming against Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Liverpool.
Chris Hughton’s Canaries cannot afford to add to that collection on Saturday – when even a draw would represent some progress. City have had just two stalemates all season.
“I don’t think the away form is getting us down,” added Johnson. “The Manchester City game was a hard game for us to take, but I think we only had ourselves to blame for that one. So we’ll concentrate on Saturday and hopefully put things right.
“We can’t put our finger on what’s different to last year (in not being difficult to beat). We’ve discussed it in the changing room, but what was said will stay in the changing room. We’ve just got to put it right and show everyone what we can do.”