Free-scoring Bradley Johnson is itching for his first taste of the East Anglian derby.

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The City midfielder’s performances – and two goals – have been instrumental in back-to-back Carrow Road victories for Norwich City in the space of four days.

But Saturday lunchtime at Portman Road is a little different – and Johnson can’t wait to experience it.

“I’m excited; I’ve never played in one,” said Johnson. “Russ (Martin) and Wes (Hoolahan) tell me it’s a great day out and I’m looking forward to it.

“I played in the derby for Leeds against Manchester United. That was the biggest derby I’ve played in.

“But I’ve heard a lot about this derby and being in Norwich for three years, I know all about the rivalry with Ipswich.

“Obviously it’s an emotional day for the fans and the club, and everyone wants to win.

“But when you step over that line you’ve got to put all your emotions away and just let your football do the talking.

“I know for a fact our fans will be there and behind us on Saturday, and if we play anywhere near as good as we did on Tuesday, I’m sure we will get the victory.”

Johnson added: “After the season last year we knew we had to bring that belief back.

“Throughout my time here, the squad have had that belief. But we have to get the fans on our side now and hopefully we can do that.

“We’ve got two big wins and hopefully we can get a win again on Saturday in the derby.”

Johnson’s key goals against Watford and Blackburn were both lovely efforts from outside the box – and almost identical. “The lads in the changing room and the gaffer saw that as a fluke on Saturday, so I just had to put that right and do it again,” he smiled.

“For me, I probably preferred Saturday’s (against Watford) – there was more finesse to that one. Tuesday’s, to get it so late on… I thought it would be the winner but then Murph (Josh Murphy) came on and set up Grabbs (Lewis Grabban) for the winner. For me, Saturday’s goal felt better.

“I’m delighted with the goals obviously, but the main thing is that we got that win tonight.”

33 comments

  • What about Andrés Segovia? Classical guitarist? I thought that old plucker, Pa Snipps, would`ve come up with that. I hope Ma hasn`t snapped off his plectrum. Oh, missus!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Ah Victor Segovia - he played a starring role the year Bellamy scored at Ipswich in an evening match. Maybe 1998. The next night he appeared on Planet Norwich with those two Australian sports blokes.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Is Leeds v Man U a derby, I thought it was just a game with a lot of vitriol spewed out by the home fans

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Segovia .-.-.-Segovia..--=..Segovia that name rings a bell cant remember why though

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Steely there is a town in France called Malice and at least two of them in Poland. All nicer and with a better football team than ips***t

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Ita an away game, PLEASE wear yellow and green and not the plum duff

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Just dont get sent off Bradley, cos the ref is gonna be a homer thats for sure . Cool heads always win the day .

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    marcohendy

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • A Town called Malice.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Good to hear there is excitement and anticipation in the dressing room for Saturday's clash , just what is wanted . Let us hope the sight of 23,000 pairs of six-fingered hands attempting synchronised clapping does not induce nausea on the day .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Come on you Yellows!! Keep your heads don't get sucked into the nasty little niggles that they will try. We know we are better than them, mind you we have been for years but, thankfully we have now got no fear of going over the half way line.

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    Egyptian canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Hi, cutty. I, too, am a 1-finger typist, though I do use a thumb for the space bar. Perhaps you could convince our new friend, RichardGarratt, that "ethering" is a frequent occurrence, and appears to be indiscriminate. Even Mattias `groused` about it (the moaning season`s over), though, in fairness, his postings may have overloaded Archie`s file server, or whatever. There must be an opportunity here for Pa Snipps and\or Uncle Stew do to a `pheasant plucker\radio partridge\grouse\moan\canary` medley. Include Russ Martin, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Well spotted, Swiss. 1963; written by Bacharach & David. Another song of his, which I hope does not prove prophetic, is "Town Without Pity". Written by that well known USA songsmith, Dimitri Tiomkin, of "High Noon" fame. Anyway, let`s hope we treat the Town without pity come `High 12.15pm` Saturday. Not as `snappy` as `High Noon`, that. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Hi Brew, it was long in content, all positive, and long in time, one finger. Her indoors gets agitated if I spend too long in front of the computer so definitely need Matt back. Maybe Neil and his team can do their magic on him.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Didn't Gene Pitney have a song that went something like that MB?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Lucky you MB, I'm 4 hours from a beach!

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    JB

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I`m only 24 minutes from Scratby ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Does anyone have any suggestions? Got a slight predicament for Saturday lunchtime kick off. Daughter is over from Australia and we should be going to Segovia which means I will miss the match on TV. By the way Segovia is an hours drive north of Madrid.

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    JB

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I've heard he now writes for the east Anglian times.....:)

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    JB

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Great to hear upbeat comments. I am concerned over to much hype and complacency for Saturday. I hate seeing those meanderthals taking the fun on our site. They need thoroughly put in their place.

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    JB

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • cutty, by "Doing a Matt" did you mean a longish piece? We need Matt back. Can Archant organize a Poll? Come on back, Mattias.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Bradley Johnson is a really good Championship player, but struggles a bit in the Premiership, which is disappointing, because he is a player that gives 100% every game, he will without dought, be one of Citys shining lights this season, he needs us behind him, because he deserves it, well done Johno, keep it up, with Wes and Alex, looking very good together, come on rip them donkeys apart at Portaloo road to pieces. OTBC

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    Shannock993

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • No! I tried to do a Matt and it didn't get through, and it was so nice and positive. Back to the quips.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Bradley and Wes are the type of players that are worth hanging onto,100% commitment and plenty of skill. We've only had time to see two of the new boys, Grab and Laff, and if the other new signings live up to expectations we're in for a great season. Of course naming a few doesn't do justice to the rest of the squad who with the help of Neil and his coaching staff are shaping up into the best we've had for many a long year. I'm sure the season will have its ups and downs but the feel good factor is coming back despite the attempts of fan\trolls to rubbish the good news and criticising the board for keeping the finances in good order. Phew, come back Matt, I'm not too good at these long missives.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • RichardGarratt, agree with what you say. I think BJ also looked at eligibility for USA via a grandparent(?). If he carries on as he is, he`ll be worth a look. USA, not England. Great shame Holty never got an International Cap. Surely he could have found an Irish, Welsh or Scottish ancestor somewhere? He must`ve had a pint of Guinness once - "that`ll do, sign here..." Perhaps he hoped that Woy would recognize him as an Englishman. Ricky Lambert got what Holty might`ve got.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I`ve always liked Bradders - thought at one time he might be Captain material. Perhaps he still is. Like many, I`ve bemoaned the quality of his passing sometimes, but nobody can pass to players who are not there to receive it. In the early days of being paired with Tettey, he looked a much better player, and does again now. On another Board, someone has nicknamed him "Cruncher". Is that a character out of the Beano or Dandy?! A dog, even? Master Bates at Leeds said of Brad "The lad can`t play anyway". Curmudgeonly old G!t. BJ was a "freebie", wasn`t he? Another bit of good Lambo business. Let`s hope Tettey turns out to be a good bit of Hughton business. Time to stop calling him Cruncher. The Carra Cruyff, maybe? eh? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • He has matured a lot since the "Barton's breath" incident and always gives 100% It is great to see him getting some good goals along with his hard shift at defensive mid field. Definitely the sort of player you need in a derby game.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • It's really good to see BJ together with Tettey and Hoolahan playing well. One or more of them were used regularly as scapegoats by a previous regime and gained scant reward for their efforts. Adams has no selection problems in midfield at the moment. Well played all three of them.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I remember most people saying to drop him at the start of 2012-2013. It was Howson everyone was touting for England.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I'm delighted to see BJ starting the season so well, and for seeing such positive comments from him and the other players. A 'derby' game must add spce in the dressing room and club, and - whilst I am not in thrall to ex-players managing their former club based on sentiment alone - a player like Adams who played for so many years for a club and understands what these games mean for the fans can really enthuse his team and players. Money is important to players (as it is for me in my job) but the chance to be a hero (just for one day - and for many years in notable cases!) is mouthwatering. These are the players we want. Fer's loss is a shame but he never connected with the fans in the way previous players did. I doubt if many players will nowadays. I remember being distraught when Watson and Bruce left, Fleck upset me, Holt's departure was mourned but I wished him well. Fer, RVW, Hooper etc. I doubt many will remember they played for the club in five years. Last word on BJ - I seem to remember he started 2012-2013 well and was touted for the England squad!

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    RichardGarratt

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Still with not having had any televised reviews here of the Tuesday game, the point I thought interesting with young Murphy was he did what winger should do i.e. set-up the striker, it must have been a rare sight at Carrow Road. Yes the comment is meant to be a touch tongue in cheek but with a degree of realism! But this must be the weekend to do the lottery as they will screen the match on Saturday live here. As derby matches can get overtaken with emotion, as they should, we may not always get the best footie so I will take a win whether a scrappy 1-0 or a landslide just the win will do. The key is to keep the winning streak going. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Has certainly started the season well especially given many doubting his ability. Hope he continues in same vein. Massive game - win or draw, we go top (for a couple of hours), lose and they go top. So much more exciting than the Premiership ;-)

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Wonder how many of us would have had Malky over Neil today, eh?

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    Steady On

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Johnson will terrify Ipswich on Saturday. They must be thinking what can they do with the central trio of Wes Johnson and tettey. Surely that's more than they can handle.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

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