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Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson is ready to take on a big beast

PUBLISHED: 17:42 19 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:42 19 December 2014

Bradley Johnson has come back into the Norwich City line up with a bang. 
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Bradley Johnson has come back into the Norwich City line up with a bang. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Bradley Johnson views Norwich City’s Championship trip to Derby as a perfect chance to prove they are have emerged from an autumnal slump.

Wins over Wigan and Huddersfield were a welcome boost after one win in the previous 10 league outings, but questions still linger about City’s ability to mix it with their promotion rivals.

Middlesbrough dished out a painful lesson on Teesside and second-placed Bournemouth were full value for a Carrow Road point earlier this season. Johnson accepts Derby deserve to be placed in the same category.

“People might say this is the toughest game we will have played in the league, if you look at where they are in the table, but I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “We know Derby have threats but we do as well. They lost to Chelsea in midweek but those results don’t matter, it’s all about the league.

“I saw a lot of them last season. They have good players and we watched their game last weekend against Boro when they found it tough. We got some ideas from that in the way Middlesbrough pressed them really high up the pitch and they couldn’t handle it, so we will go and get in their faces. In this game we can’t have any passengers. Everyone needs to be on their game.

“We have to pick up that form from the early part of the season but it is such a tight league. We are only five or six points off it so nothing is impossible because there will be six or seven teams I feel fighting it out.”

Johnson was one of those who paid the price during Neil Adams’ search for a winning formula over recent months with a spell out of the starting line up, but the 27-year-old returned for the recent victories that included a goalscoring brace against the Terriers.

“I said at the beginning of the season I wanted to play as many games as I could but I knew I would have dips in form and not be in the team all the time because we have a big squad,” he said. “When I was out of the side I just had to get my head down and work hard in training and when the gaffer called me in again make sure I was ready. I think I have done that. Wigan was the first one back and we got the result and then we followed that up against Huddersfield.

“To score twice and play well was nice and a 5-0 win is good for morale. We know they were down to 10 but we came out all guns blazing.

“Every team has ups and downs. We’ve had a down but that is two out of two, but on any given day you can win or lose in this league. When we had a tough spell I think teams were coming to Carrow Road and hoping to get a draw and catching us on the break. That happened in too many games, and you can throw Nottingham Forest away into that as well. We gave it away in the last 10 minutes and they scored a winner on the break. We have shored it up, not gone more defensively, but more solid and it has worked.”

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  • Ken, you're definitely MOG material. Brew and I plod that path tirelessly.

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    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • We need to be on our game for 90 minutes not just one half, which is one of the features of the season. Gone are the early games where we could pull back from deficits in the second half.I agree with Brad in that we must press them high up the pitch which again is not a trend we have shown. I think these two factors will be the ones that decide the game today - that and of course a few goals! To that end Adams must start with Jerome and Hooper, which would send out the right message of commitment to win.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • I hope we can win at Derby, it will be hard, after there Capital One Cup defeat, a draw would be a good result.

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • I do not believe in the Tooth Fairy, the Yeti, the Loch Ness monster , Santa Claus, or copper bracelets for rheumatism; so being a realist ,I think that a victory at Derby is unlikely. Unless Norwich turn up with their best game. That first half last Saturday was a dire 45 minutes. Turn up at Derby and play like that and Norwich will be taken apart. City need the win and must take the game to Derby rather than sit back and let them dictate the game. A point would be a good result.

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    Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Dubai.....No easy games in this league! There have been 10 teams at No 1 thus far and we're not halfway through the season. Anyone can beat anyone as we have seen. I really think we can win tomorrow at Derby as my gut instinct tells me we have turned a corner after the last 2 games. After the "run" we have just had to be only 6 off the top is amazing and just shows nobody has taken this league apart yet except maybe Bournemouth and they were poor v Liverpool.

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Really need a win tomorrow as Middlesbrough & Bournemouth both have easy away fixtures and will probably both pick up maximum points.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Where does Johnson use the phrase in the article? Nowhere. We all want a win tomorrow sure. Big beast? Bad choice of words Archie. Innuendo or amateurism? Beggared if I know.

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Who writes these headlines? Frankie Howerd? Charles Hawtrey? For heavens sake.

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 19, 2014

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