Bradley Johnson insists Norwich City’s squad do not fear playing away in the Premier League

Bradley Johnson insists Norwich City's squad do not have a mental block about playing away from Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Bradley Johnson insists Norwich City's squad do not have a mental block about playing away from Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, May 2, 2014
7:06 AM

Bradley Johnson is convinced Norwich City can end a wretched Premier League away run ahead of their final road trip of the season at title-challenging Chelsea.

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The Canaries have lost eight consecutive away league games in 2014 to sink into the bottom three, but Johnson points to Sunderland’s surprise recent win at the Blues as evidence of what can happen.

“Everyone had written Sunderland off going to Manchester City and Chelsea, but we’ve not got to worry about other teams,” he said. “We have to do what we have to do and that is get points on the board. It is about us, and if we can get our work rate right then I am sure we can do something. We have not brought up the away form among the lads. There have been no arguments in the changing rooms or anything like that. On a few away occasions, like at Cardiff and West Ham, it was just that lapse in concentration, but in this league, you cannot switch off against any team. We did that away at Cardiff and got punished when they scored two goals in two minutes, but anyone can beat anyone in this league. When you go 1-0 down, you want to get it back to 1-1 as soon as possible and when we have gone behind, we have been chasing the game. Maybe that is one of the reasons we have conceded so many.”

42 comments

  • Same here Smudger ! Sick of the same old Pink Un "things must improve" line + then they DON'T. They've been saying it for months. Barring a miracle, we're planning for the Chumpionship now.

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    Timbo

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • This team who lots of you put down could have performed better under a better manager who unfortunately was left in place too long. They are not all failures and had been properly gelled would have produced a decent season for us , OK mid table or thereabouts. Their heads do drop if we go a goal down but I blame Hughton for this negativity. Individually we have players who can play at Premier League level but need to be developed into a team. Our biggest problem has been up front where we had players who couldn't score goals( I still think they did not get the correct service to play to their skills) an early goal gives teams a boost but we never got that. I wish, but I don't think we will get the points we need and of course that means Championship football next year. Its nice to be in the Premier League but if we're not good enough then we get the disappointments we have had so much this season by our team not performing for which I blame Hughton for everything. Keep the faith in NCFC its our team in good and bad times

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    NoggintheNog

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Mattias333--simples really. Man U want to spend £200 million ----therefore cannot afford to be in Europe next season( by ending the season in 6th position)--financial fair play & all that rubbish---so basically will throw the rest of their games to end up 7th. Beating us was not part of the plan----simples

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    superfan59

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Lincs - its essential that we get a decent manager asap. I think what happens in this close season will have an impact on the team's fortunes for the next 3 to 4 years. I would doubt that Moyes and Pulis would have any interest in coming.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • I've given up reading most of these articles now. I didn't read this one. Read the headline, scanned the text for a few key words “We have to do what we have to do", "anyone can beat anyone". Enough read. In fact I've hardly been on here much at all over the last few weeks, mostly as I've been too busy, but also because it's all so predictable and depressing. Tired of hearing the same old cliches. We're gone, and that's all there is to say.

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    Smudger75

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • He meets St D's fundamental requirement jigs.

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Death may preferable to relegation for McNally, but as far as I am concerned, death is preferable to Worthy coming back.

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    jigs69

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Steely Dan, you mention Worthy's time at Norwich. He is 4th favourite with one major bookie to be our next manager. At York this season he met his brief to stay up, improved on results (they reached play offs) and began laying a foundation for the future. The names behind him in the betting include Howe, Moyes, Phelan and Adkins. For me, like Pulis earlier this season, Moyes stands out. Does he want to get back in the saddle and would he prefer a PL club? I don't know but McNally could ask. Dither all over again and we could end up with Worthy. (Unless of course Adams produces 6 points then all bets are off).

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • This has been the most miserable season and I'm just fed up with it. I've finally got to the stage when I'm glad it's all over. Next season I'll get more games for my money and the club will have a realistic target to aim for which is a lot more exciting than mere survival. Bring on next season!

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    bogbog

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • maybe if there had been some punch ups on the training ground, like at other clubs, we at least would know you cared then Bradley

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • so why have we been s##t away then?so man ure players have the s##ts,a favour to Brown and o'shea?

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    tonyb

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Why would we beat Chelsea and Arsenal when we've failed to beat Fulham (zero points), Villa (zero), Cardiff (one), Swansea (one), Newcastle (one), all of whom have had bad seasons. Against the top clubs we've played twice we've managed one point from Man City & Everton and zero from Liverpool & Man Utd, It's the Fulham and Cardiff double headers that have relegated us.

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    Colin

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Rooney & Van Persie were both out at Carrow Road but we still lost, despite playing well. If we'd played that well 2 days earlier v Fulham we might be staying up.

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    Colin

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Kenfoggo - you are dead right. The table doesn't lie. We are where we are not because of bad luck but because we are a bad team and were being managed by an equally bad manager until the Board finally woke up from its winter slumbers. A team that can't defend, can't mount any decent, sustained, pressure when it has the ball, plays at snails pace and much of it backwards to the keeper ain;t exactly going anywhere except down. Simple fact: we are not good enough. The worry now is how we are going to go about preparing for the coming season in the Championship? We simply cannot go on as we are with the same players most of whom surrender as soon as they, predictably, lose a goal. We need a clean sweep, new blood and a new more positive approach. We need players who will be prepared to commit totally to the club, to give 100% in every game and develop a winning mentality as opposed to the one we now have. We also need more pace in the team and a better balance - and that means playing players in their best positions not, for instance, wide right when they are left-footed. For me that just epitomised Hughton's flawed approach.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • I would think it essential for NCFC to get a proper manager in as early as possible once our fate is sealed. The little story on Worthy at York reminded me of the huge blunders he made just after we were relegated in 2005. Second rate rubbish was brought into the club on the cheap in the close season (Jarrett and Colin) and soon after Ashton was swapped for Earnshaw who could not fit into any formation. My preference would be for Big Sam ,who is under pressure, or failing that (young) Clough.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • The season long conundrum has been the brittleness of our away performances. How is it that at home we play tight, hard to beat football and then morph in to quivering wrecks on our travels? Rather late in the day the club tasked Adams to find the answer. So far his 2 away games have produced nil goals, five against. The search goes on.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Sums our season up. No luck while our rivals get it all handed to them on a plate + then add the fact they show more fighting spirit and no wonder we are struggling

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Rooney out for Sunderland game. Exactly what I was going to say Mattias.

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    Admiral F

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • You have got to be joking!!! What was I saying about our rivals getting all the luck. Anyone else hear Ryan Giggs say "a large number of 1st teamers have been struck down with illness and wont feature against Sunderland".......this really takes the pee now!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Cack story, some great posts.

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    el dingo

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • I know a lot of fans won't agree with this but when we play in the championship next year no player should be sold they got us there they can get us out they talk a good talk but not with there feet be nice to play them from portaloo rd again Ipswich here we come .

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    pete22

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • When are the old farm derby tickets going on sale !

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    billythebookie

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • How ironic!!, I remember one B Johnson holding up a sign "Barton your breath stinks!" - Sorry Bradley but yours must be worse with all this BS thats coming out of that hole in your face. TALK ON THE PITCH!!!

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    FIFACanary

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Players continue making their inane comments. Yet a deafening silence from Mc Nally.

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    stormy

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Unfortunately we have not looked like a team capable of winning, either away from home, or for that matter recently at Carrow Road. We have seemingly forgotten the object of a game of football, that is to score goals and you get no additional points over and above the one you start with unless you do that. CH's tactics were therefore ill conceived and ultimately unlikely to keep us in the Premiership. Add to that the scared rabbit look of the team away from home, where you got the impression that they were just waiting for the opposition to score when they would then have to respond and deep down nobody in the team appeared to believe that was possible. The football under NA has been a breath of fresh air but still the results allude us but I guess it takes time to clear out the previous attitudes and habits CH engendered in the team. This is clearly time we do not have.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • A look at the table also suggests that Chelsea are going to be aiming to reconcile their goal difference against us this weekend to increase their chance of the title... gonna be a bumpy ride methinks!

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    GossVolley

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Oh I agree Kenfoggo 110% with you chap. Dont get me wrong. Just usually you get all the rubbish about luck as well and the eternal line "it evens out over a season". We've not had a single bit of luck go our way this season. God the table makes horrid reading. Ill openly admit i've not taken a close look at the table all season. Ive known where we are and thats bad enough but ive just taken a close look an by god, how was Hughton allowed to go on as he did. 8 wins & 8 draws followed by 20 losses which is joint 2nd highest in the league. Only 28 goals which is the lowest in the league & 60 gone in at the other end. Credit to the board for trying to buck a trend and giving Hughton time to turn it around.....but following that credit ill take it away and smack them round the head with my morning paper for being so stupid to let this woeful table of results get worse.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Just think. If Archant didnt print these stories. We would have nothing to moan about and spoil our day.;-)

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    sharky

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Johnson stop the B.S. It is over

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    stormy

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Mattias333, I do not think our plight is down to "the rub of the green" or Lady Luck or the stars not being in alignment or some such other lazy thinking. It is because we cannot score and we cannot defend. 18 away games this season,14 losses and 44 goals conceded. And then there is the home form. All in all a failing season from a failing team. We are relegated and we deserve to be. A truly awful season to be a Norwich supporter with no positives, apart from the fact we are not in debt.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Anyone can beat anyone? Well we can't beat Cardiff (1 pt from 6), Villa (06), Swansea (16), Fulham (06), Newcastle (16) - all teams who have had dismal seasons, and ultimately it's results against Fulham and Cardiff that are why we are going down. Also, we can't beat Man Utd (06), Everton (16), Man City (16), Liverpool (06), so it doesn't bode well for winning against Chelsea and Arsenal.

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    Colin

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • That sums it up. A lack of concentration, switching off. Where is the on switch?

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • No comment required from me. ;) I'd love to be a sunderland fan right now. Their belief they can get out of trouble despite the manager publicly admitting they were doomed not so long ago must be unreal. Yes Miracles happen, but when do they happen for us. We've not had any 'rub of the green' all season. Anything an everything has gone against us while others underperforming got all the luck in the world. Wonder how the board will tackle relegation. Will they dump it all on Hughton admitting they didnt act soon enough or will they hold their hand up and say "ok we are responsible too, now heres how we are going to sort this out"

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Feel sorry for Johnson. Obviously been pulled out of the unlucky bag to trot out the same boring rhetoric we've been subjected to all season! I hope to god there has been some arguing behind the scenes or this lot are more spineless than we feel they are already!!!!!

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    Manning's bandy legs

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • What jigs69 said, spot on.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • I wish the journos would back of from these kind of pointless stories. Why will anything realistically change away from home now, esp at Chelsea who have a LOT to prove after midweek? I feel sorry for Johnson having to face this kind of journalism. He can hardly say 'No we have been rubbish away all season so I expect us to get as good hiding' can he?

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Just put a sock in it Johnson. How many times have we read this rubbish over the entire season? If any one player is responsible for switching off, being caught in possession, not closing down, passing to the opposition - it's you! The difference between NCFC and Sunderland is that they have played each game as if it has been a cup tie and recognised they are in a relegation battle, whereas you and your chums and the clueless Hughton refused to accept the situation when most intelligent people saw it coming last November! Even now when it is no longer in our hands you trot out your inanely deluded platitudes. I do hope that some mid-table Championship side buys you quickly so we can take advantage of your ineptitude next season.

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    jigs69

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • "Anyone can beat anyone in this league". Except Norwich City. We certainly can't beat Chelsea on Sunday.

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    DT

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Three consecutive posts by superfan59 , Dubai Canary and DT sums it up perfectly , nuff said ! .

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    Kristafa

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • It's that time of the week again. Time to talk about having no fear, doing it for the fans, the lads being committed blah blah blah. Followed by defeat. And a comprehensive one. All very predictable.

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    DT

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Actions speak louder than words - or, put another way - what you do is more significant than what you say. Enough said ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • And that dear friends is the reason we are going down.

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    superfan59

    Friday, May 2, 2014

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