Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson refuses to buy into Crystal Palace hype

Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson knows what to expect at Crystal Palace.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson knows what to expect at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
7:00 AM

Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson is not buying into the hype that the Canaries’ New Year’s Day trip to Crystal Palace marks a defining moment in their Premier League season.

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Chris Hughton’s squad have taken one point from three festive games ahead of facing an improving Eagles who can overhaul Norwich with a win at Selhurst Park. Johnson, however, predicts there will be plenty of twists and turns left in their bid for a fourth consecutive season of top flight football.

“People can talk about six point games but I am not going to say it is a must-win. In our eyes it is not one that decides our season. We have plenty of games left,” he said. “We are confident and we take a lot of positives from the other night (against Manchester United).

“We know we have to beat the teams in and around us or take points off them and apart from Fulham I feel we have done that. People can say these are massive games but at the halfway point of the season we are not in the bottom three whereas Palace is and they will be fighting for their lives. If you say it is all about getting to 40 points then we know we have to get them as quick as we can.”

Gary Hooper sunk Palace at Carrow Road last month but Johnson is wary of the attacking threat posed by the likes of Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle who scored a stunning winner to beat Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

“I’m good friends with Jason Puncheon who I knew from growing up and also Dwight Gayle who is a young striker making a name for himself,” he said. “That was an unbelievable goal he scored at Aston Villa and that is what he can bring. He is a good player who has come from the lower leagues like myself and he has worked hard and is now getting his rewards. Tony Pulis has gone in there and started to turn things around and Palace is always a tough place to go. I have never had an easy game there, but we want to stay in the league as much as them and we need to match them in that respect.”

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14 comments

  • Wake up Bradley. yes it is. If we lose tomorrow we will probably be in the bottom three and with some exceedingly hard fixtures at the end of the season, we simply must pick up significant numbers of points during the next month or two.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • 40 points might not be enough!Nearly all Teams below us have brought in new personnel to shake things up and so far is working for them.we need fresh blood,whether it be players,coaches or manager!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • The squad is great stop telling me its not always can be added to but who will be the next signing because we have to sign a couple and theres loads in the kitty , good luck chris you are doing a great job in a tough league with lots of bigger fish.

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    johnty

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • If BJ was spewing out the corporate line, then I really worry about the, negativity, desire and hunger to win a game of this magnitude. I am sure that Tony Pulis will have his team motivated and hungry, knowing that games like these will eventually determine which teams will get relegated. Idiotic to say there are still plenty of games. Let's see tomorrow if Crystal Palace are hungrier and want it more than us.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Very worrying. Is life too easy for the squad under CH, and therefore they are not feeling any pressure? Having worked in a large corporation where the man at the top was too nice, and we went bust, as everyone thought it couldn't happen to us, and it will be all right eventually, I really get concerned. We need a strong benevolent dictator who really understands the game and the tactics (and changes of tactics during a game) at the helm quickly before it is irretrievable.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Johnson's attitude answers a lot of questions about the feelings of the squad. Everything is fine -lets just keep going and it will open out before our very eyes. Mr.Johnson you are treading a dangerous path - lose tomorrow and the wolves will be baying at the door for you and Hughton.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Bradley, before spouting corporate mind speak like this, can next time you play a team that switches tactics at half time like ManUre did, please use your own head and take initiative and mark the player at the centre of the new tactic (i.e. Welbeck) out of the game. We might just win a game then, and I can take your verbal platitudes. BE YOUR OWN MAN!

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    shefcanary

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Mr Johnson there are not " Plenty of games left ". They are rapidly running out. You are part of team that has consistently underperformed. Time for " taking positives " is long gone. You need the grasp the reality of the situation, City are 3 points or one loss above relegation. You and a your team mates stir your self for one game against a poor Utd., side and think that is enough? Not by a long chalk. You need to sweat blood for the rest of the season to survive in this league. Supporters need you make this effort.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • you lot make me laugh you're not in the bottom three but some of you would like to be just so you could moan about the manager! I bet if Hughton had been sacked and you had Pulis as manager you would all be on here slagging off the style of play! what you lot need to accept is that Norwich, like most other teams are always going to be scrapping about in the bottom eight Its when you get relegated that you should really start worrying. Ask Bolton, Blackburn and Wolves.

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    caleb

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • I'd never attack Bradley's effort on the pitch but I think we will hear this type of interview a lot from hereon in. Where are you when we need you McNally?

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Fear not Dingo, the man is poised to sign the expulsion papers, if things don't change mightily soon; the issue is, will it be too late, he's certainly dicing with death, and that's enough to make any nervous canary [especially me] feel a little twitchy, and indeed Stormy, we can do without such pithy platitudes from BJ to welcome in a new year balanced on the edge of a precipice, though I did think he had one of his better games against the Red Mist.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • lets be realistic, with the players we have counting on them being all fit, mid table would be perfect. but we've had awful injury trouble. lets be fair, Johnson's not the best, but he is always committed. there is a lack of quality, but we've stayed up twice with less. lets just get behind the team, and support them in keeping us above ip5w1ch

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    captaincanary

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • This may not be a defining match for Norwich City, but it could very well be for Hughton. The importance of winning this match is immense as we need to achieve the magical 40 points in April because of our run in and take as many points away from those teams in the lower half of the table. If results don't go our way on Wednesday, we could be hovering above the relegation places on goal average. Fulham have got an even worse goal average than us!

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • This is our problem, all games should be seen as six pointers from here on in, as we are once again too close to the drop zone for comfort. Lady luck may not turn in our favour for a second season on the trot. We need to play as if our life depends on it tomorrwo as you can be sure that Palace will.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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