Bradley Johnson aims to punish Norwich City again to complete Derby double
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Derby's Bradley Johnson will only enjoy his Carrow Road homecoming on Monday if he completes a Championship double over Norwich City.
Johnson was the match-winner when his current club inflicted a 1-0 league defeat on the club where he made over 150 appearances back in November. The 29-year-old was a key figure the last time Norwich won promotion from the second tier, but all that is in the past ahead of his first competitive return.
'I'm looking forward to going back and seeing old faces, but it's still just a game of football and that's my main focus,' he said. 'I enjoyed my time at Norwich and I wished them all the best when I left, but I am a Derby player now. I want to do my best for this club in every game I play in. I will enjoy the moment before the game going back to Carrow Road, but as soon as that whistle goes off, my focus will be all on getting the three points for Derby County.
'It was probably ironic that I scored against them a few weeks ago but it was just one of those things, the ball fell kindly for me to hit it into the bottom corner. When the fixtures came out I obviously looked for the games against Norwich.'
Steve McClaren's side is unbeaten in 10 league games but, like Norwich, were held to a goalless draw on Saturday at home to Wigan.
'We'll try to change things and freshen it up where we can,' he told Derby's official site. 'We did it against Fulham recently and did it effectively too, so we need to do it again. We have got good players in the squad ready to come in. It's a difficult game, especially away from home, but we'll be ready for it.
'Wigan came and they made it very difficult for us to break them down and got at us on the break quite a few times too, with Scott Carson making a few good saves in the first half. We could have lost that game, so credit has to go to the players. In the end it was the final third that let us down as we were lacking that killer touch and quality.'