From deja vu to frustration at Stoke’s 10 men for Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson

Bradley Johnson is fouled by Stoke's Steven N'Zonzi during the  two sides' Premier League draw at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Bradley Johnson is fouled by Stoke's Steven N'Zonzi during the two sides' Premier League draw at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, March 9, 2014
6:16 PM

There’s not much in the game of football Norwich City are making look easy at the moment – be it winning, scoring goals, defending. And now playing against 10 men can be added to the list.

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Having worked so hard to earn the lead in a game that seemed destined to be decided by its first goal, a penalty concession was only beaten in the frustration stakes by the fact Jon Walters’ sending off a few minutes later didn’t bring anything more fruitful.

Stoke’s effort in getting bodies behind the ball was commendable all afternoon – losing a man with the scores level only increased the Potters’ desire to strengthen the pattern after Walters’ misdemeanour.

“(Finding a second goal) was hard for us because I think them going down to 10 men as well, they got everyone behind the ball,” said Norwich goalscorer Bradley Johnson. “We were getting balls in the box but Stoke are a big, physical team and they’re going to head everything out.

“It’s harder because they get everyone behind the ball and they just sit there and want you to break them down. But Stoke are a well organised, defensive team.

“I’ve been in teams where when you go down to 10 men, and you just work that bit harder. They have done that and fair play to them. They held out for the draw.

“We just couldn’t find that solution today but we didn’t lose, we got a point and we’ve got to take the positives out of this game.”

It looked for a brief time as though history might repeat, as Robert Snodgrass was hauled down for a free-kick on the right that he subsequently delivered for Johnson to head home – Johnson’s first goal at Carrow Road since the last time Stoke visited; November 2012.

City won that fixture 1-0 – this time, Sebastien Bassong’s error conceded the penalty that cost them two precious Premier League points.

“Snoddy said it to me it was just like last year, said Johnson. “It’s not my job to score goals but it’s always the team’s job to chip in. I did that – unfortunately we didn’t hold on.

“I didn’t see the penalty – I was up challenging for a ball with my back to play – but I spoke to Seb and he said he caught him, so it’s a penalty.

“We’re disappointed with the way we went into the lead and then conceded a penalty, and threw away the three points. But we are a point closer to where we want to be and that’s staying in this league.

“Those mistakes at the back, it’s something we’ve got to nip in the bud. Seb’s disappointed with the penalty but other than that I though him and Joseph Yobo were top class.

“Stoke used Peter Crouch well today but Joseph and Seb handled him very well too and it was just a lack of concentration, giving away 
a penalty.

“But he knows what he’s done and he’s disappointed with himself. We’ve just got to bounce back now and hopefully get three points on Saturday at Southampton.”

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14 comments

  • Saturday when I saw Stoke equalise I thought like many others.. Norwich score two goals..forget it. I was right again

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    Gruff

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • I've only just read all comments posted here since the match. Couldn't face it before. Came back from the Carrow Rd feeling thoroughly dispirited. Was that the same team (more or less) that put up such a good performance against Spurs? I think we will stay up by the skin of our teeth but only because 3 teams might post slightly less points on the board than we do. It's not good when you're depending on other teams to keep you up.

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored goals in the Dutch eredivision, and scored goals in Portugal , played and scored in Europe but was never the lone striker. Play him off a target man and he will score, play him as a single striker and get what we got , thats Hoots choice, the single striker way.Strikers hunt in pairs, Cross and Bone, McDougal and Boyer,through to Holt and Martin.Which team has scored most premier goals this season; Saurez andSturridge, its 2 strikers that get goals and win games

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • I don't see us getting 6 points from the last FOUR games Budgie !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Timbo , this season is deja vu of last season, dont see us getting 6 points from the last 2 games though.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • On another board, LincsCanary has decided to dedicate himself to finding `optimistic stats` for us. I have warned him about the danger to his mental health, but he is determined. Our only hope is that some of our remaining opponents have gone on holiday with Chris Rea.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • I hope RvW has a shot soon,It;s been 254 minutes without one on target.Don't shoot,don't score.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • I repeat comments from a few weeks ago no one has been able to score goals under Chris Hughton is it he has always had poor strikers or is it not a floor in his management. Redmond now seem he is following Holt, Snodgrass, Hooper and RVW and lost conviction and belief in themselves and Hughton has become an attacker's career killer. Norwich are playing relegation football in most games we have not and can not beat the clubs that are suppose to be worse than us. Three points at Southampton you must be joking.

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    Harry

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Hope Clueless Chris doesn't read this headline.......if he does, he'll ring Newcastle tomorrow + try to take Deja Vu on loan till the end of the season...

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Your dead right there peter w,8.5 mill and 1 goal been sold a pup ? I now believe we have !

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    yarco

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Yeah, Bradley, three points at Southampton. If only saying it would produce them! Frankly I cannot see us outscoring Southampton - or anyone else for that matter unless they draw a blank. Our inconsistency and lack of goals will do for us. But that is just the result of so many poor team selections, substitutions and so on.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Yes, our pathetic goals tally is the major problem because if an opponent scores once the best, statistically, we can do is draw. But I don't lay all the blame at the door of the front men by any means. They have had no service whatsoever because of Hughton's flawed tactics, consistently abject team selections and inability to read a game in progress and to make sensible judgements regarding tactical switches or substitutions. If we do survive it will be in spite of him and his coaching team, not because of them. However, judging by our results and performance over the whole season, I can't see any reason for optimism.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • I don't see us getting 6 points from the last FOUR games Budgie !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Having noted the FA Cup results today, I can't help reflect on our last few FA cup campaigns. To put it bluntly, had we not been knocked out by teams that we should have beaten, the road to Wembley was wide open. The happy clappers and others said that we could now concentrate on the premier league. Are you all suggesting that we would be in a worse position had we not been knocked out? Let's face it CH is dross personified. Too late to give him the big E so we all sit and wait. Are we going down, aren't we. Each we has twists and turns. The fact is that we do play well a lot of the time. Three things have sealed our fate, CH 's total inability to change things during a game, our shots to shots on target ratio and the number of goals scored by our out and out illustrious strikers. END OF!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

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