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Free-scoring Bradley Johnson is feeling fine out on the Norwich City wing

00:06 27 December 2014

Bradley Johnson celebrates scoring his first and Norwich City

Bradley Johnson celebrates scoring his first and Norwich City's third goal at home to Millwall. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Five and then six – there should be little denying now that when teams look at making the trip to Carrow Road, a little dread should accompany them to Norfolk.

Five and then six – there should be little denying now that when teams look at making the trip to Carrow Road, a little dread should accompany them to Norfolk.

It’s an ingredient that could yet do Norwich City the world of good as we get stuck into the second half of this Championship campaign – which starts at Reading tomorrow, but finally returns to Carrow Road in three weeks’ time with a visit from stumbling Cardiff.

At least City are made it clear their November form was not a terminal decline – even if they are still playing catch-up.

That said, hitting sides for multiple goals and digging in away from home doesn’t half make playing catch-up a lot of fun.

“We’re doing well, we’re confident, I think we’ve put the past behind us where we had that little bad dip of games,” said Johnson.

“We wanted to get a clean sheet and we’re disappointed we didn’t. But we wanted to get our home form sorted out and the last two home games have been great for us, and I’m sure for the fans.

“We’ve just cut out our mistakes – we were making a lot of individual and team mistakes.

“We’ve got the hang of this league now and we know teams are going to come here and not try to come at us, and it’s down to us to break them down. We know the first half was a bit them and us – but in the second half we came out and had a real go, and got the goals.”

To say Johnson has been a revelation since playing in a wider role on the left-side of Neil Adams’ City midfielder would be unfair on Johnson’s previous, more central efforts. However, with four goals in his last two home games and the kind of grit any Championship side would die for, the 27-year-old is in the midst of a purple patch

“I am enjoying it,” Johnson beamed. “I’ve always said my main aim is to play as many games as I can and stay in the team. And if I keep on scoring, it’s a bonus to me. The main thing for me is the win.

“I wouldn’t say the role is getting the best out of me. I’ve played there before for Leeds a lot. I won’t say I’m a winger – I’m not a Nathan Redmond who can take on a man and get crosses in. But I will do a job out there for the team. It’s a good outlet for the lads like Russ (Martin), to put out the diagonals. I’d favour myself in the air against any right-back in this league.

“The manager favours me out there at the moment and I’m sure I’ll stay out there for a lot longer.”

City’s low point of the season came in the home defeat to Reading less than a month ago – and by a quirk of the fixture list, they get the chance to right that wrong tomorrow.

“We owe them one and I wasn’t involved in that game – I was suspended – so I’m looking forward to going down there.

“We’re confident. As I said, we are on a good run at the minute so we’ve got to go there and put on the same performance, and hopefully win it.”

Follow Michael Bailey on Twitter @michaeljbailey

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7 comments

  • doing well in that wider position, may it continue, and its giving Ollsen more confidence as BJ does a decent defending job on that side

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • doing well in that wider position, may it continue, and its giving Ollsen more confidence as BJ does a decent defending job on that side

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • He certainly offers an outlet there BoF and as he says in the article, is confident and capable of beating most full backs in the air. A good option to have and seems to be working last few. Wouldn't be surprised to see same starting line-up but with EB replacing the probably not-fit CC.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • I always have liked having wingers in the team for the simple reason that it pulls the opposing defence open , wide across the pitch , which provides holes in the middle for the central strikers to get through . Whereas playing straight up the middle or diagonally into the opposing penalty area from the halfway line ends , simply concentrates the opposing defence in front of their goal which means attacks mostly fail . B J seems to have found a successful niche out there , so please please leave him out there until such time as that no longer works .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • And when he hits the ball it stays hit if not always on target. Still question whether he can do it in the top flight but at Championship level well worth his place.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Getting into the box on time, that is what we were missing.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • At last, someone who understands what to do, playing on the left side of midfield. And more importantly, someone who gets into the box when the ball is on right. Good work Bradley. Its nice to put all those doubters on this board to the sword.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

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