Norwich City’s Bradley Johnson so hurt by Manchester City display
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Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson admits the Canaries' 7-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City was 'the worst game I've ever been involved in'.
Chris Hughton's men responded in the best possible way by beating West Ham the following week but Johnson revealed the nature of the loss at the Etihad had left the squad shell-shocked.
'It was one of those games where nothing went our way,' said the former Leeds man. 'Manchester City are top class and always looked like they were going to score but some of the goals we conceded were because we were not up to scratch.
'Looking up at the clock and seeing we were 4-0 down after about 30 minutes, I just wanted a hole to open up so I could jump in it, but we had a duty to each other and to the fans to work hard.
'The dressing room was silent afterwards and no-one said anything jokey because we were so disappointed; it was the worst game I've ever been involved in and for most of the lads it was the same.'
Fortunately for the Canaries the defeat doesn't seem to have incurred any lasting damage, demonstrated by City's win over West Ham.
One victory saw City climb out of the bottom three and suddenly manager Hughton's future was not top of the news agenda.
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Johnson hopes after playing against all of the Premier League's leading lights so far this season they can alleviate the pressure even more on their manager.
'The Premier League is so tight,' Johnson told Soccer AM. 'We were in the bottom three last week, we beat West Ham and then we swapped places with them and now we're above Fulham and Stoke as well.
'We've played Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City, Man United. Now we've got to concentrate on the teams that are going to be in and around us and get our home form right.'