Bradley Johnson is adamant Norwich City will not be sacrificial lambs against Premier League title favourites Liverpool

Norwich City's Bradley Johnson will not take a backward step against Liverpool at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Bradley Johnson will not take a backward step against Liverpool at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, April 19, 2014
7:00 AM

If Norwich City are expected to fulfil the role of sacrificial lambs against Liverpool no-one has told Bradley Johnson or his team mates.

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The combative midfielder understands the national groundswell is building to see the Reds end a 24-year title drought, but the man with a tattoo carrying the word ‘believe’ insists Neil Adams’ squad are intent on following a different script.

“Everyone has got their opinions, but we are not listening,” he said. “We are going to go out there on Sunday wanting to win the game. We can’t go into the game think ‘Liverpool are this or that, we have to stop this player or that,’ we just have to get in their faces, make it a messy game for them and hopefully get the three points. We are in a dogfight now.

“That is not just a tattoo, that is my motto; you have to believe in yourself. I have always done that in my career and my life - believe I am good enough to play in this league. I am sure the lads will say that as well.

“This is a lifetime opportunity to play in this league and we have worked so hard to get here and it might be the last chance some of the lads get if we do go out of the league. We have to go out there on Sunday and work our socks off.”

Johnson watched on along with the rest of the football world as Steven Gerrard delivered an impassioned plea to his troops to focus on the next hurdle at Norwich just seconds after beating title rivals Manchester City last weekend.

Much of the pre-game hype will inevitably settle on Luis Suarez’s bid to continue his rate of plunder and Johnson realises stopping Liverpool’s key players must form part of the strategy.

“Most of the lads will have seen the Manchester City game, I did myself, and it was right what Gerrard was saying,” he said. “It is going to be a hard game for them because coming to Norwich is not an easy place, and we are going to make it as hard for them as possible, because we want to win just as much as they do.

“We cannot concentrate on him or Suarez, because if they have an off day then there are plenty more players in that team who are capable of winning games.

“They have other players in their team who are as good as Luis Suarez. I voted for Suarez and (Daniel) Sturridge for the PFA player awards. I think they have had a terrific season, but hopefully they will have a bad game on Sunday. It would be good to stop them scoring, but we have to concentrate on what we have to do - and that is stopping Liverpool as a whole team.”

43 comments

  • FMH-squared. 2-0 down after 10 min. Luigi Coypu.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • FMH. 1-0 down after 3 minutes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • I wish I could fathom the enderlying principles of Archies censorship syste. Maybe it`s simply unprincipled?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Archie just won`t let me reply, sharky. If it arrives eventually, fine. If not - it was never meant to be.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • I cannot recall the detail, sharky. When I went to the Hewett in `59, my older brother was already there from the `Tech` days. So there was a transition from the Tech folk to the 11+ generation aiming for `O` Levels, and beyond. The beauty of it was - we all got to do woodwork and metalwork. Marvellous! Loved it. To compound the Tories` folly in closing the Technical Schools\Colleges, Labour later destroyed the Grammar Schools. An act of `class` vengeance, or Social Engineering? Or both. Who benefited from either of those politically motivated acts? Now we have `Free Schools`, `Academies`, Post-Code fiddling to get into the `best` establishments, and lashings of Charlatans. Lashings... prompts "bring back Jack Adams". As a very poor boy, from a very poor working-class background, I appreciated what Grammar School education had to offer. Not just how to make a living, but how to have a life. I don`t think Labour wanted their electorate to be seduced by such `folly`. They`d be unelectable. The politicos would lose their lush livelihood. Back to Charlatans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Brew it wasnt secondary tech. Exam pass was needed. Yes you are right the tech amalgamated with the Hewett when the Tories closed all the technical colleges. MADNESS.

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    sharky

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • To complete this `going Dutch` event, el dingo becomes "Geillustreerd Man" ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Jack Adams was resident Sports Sadist at The Hewett School when I attended 1959-66. Ably assisted by an equally cruel young Welshman called John `Vincent` Pryce. There was also another pl0nker called Brearley who liked to shower with the boys. The Hewett must`ve inherited Black Jack Adams & his adoptive family from the old Secondary Tech when it morphed into Grammar School. el dingo, we`re in Fagen`s hands for bevvy-gigs. Where are ya, SteelyD? Up for another session with The Illustrated Man, Gek Brouwer & Blaffen Wijs??

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Bradley Johnson I bet my house on yours you will lose..... Fighting and losing now is not good enough anymore, too late in the day. We all knew our last 4 fixtures in August 2013, and we all knew you needed 40 points by then. We all knew when we lost to Hull it was time for a change... We all knew RVW could not score..... We all knew Hougton was wrong... sorry guys you deserve Championship football and the only players I would try to keep next season would be about 4 of you.... stop talking and start playing... and i agree i cannot see us getting anywhere near getting even a point now. Villa put 4 past us: Soton put 4 past us, we honestly think the most lethal strike force in the premier is going to draw a blank against probably the weakest defence in the league, and the worst attack in the league.. This season is gone.......unless Cardiff , Fulham and Sunderland fail to get one more win... highly unlikely

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • stew.went to diss church school from five to fourteen,then left and my education started.was brought up on bing crosby and frank sinatra.also liked the ink spots.wearing ok stew,still getting in the odd game of golf.

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    bluelight

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Anyone no how Ipswich got on ? haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah lol

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    dave123

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Talk is cheap. It'll take more than talk to keep Suarez quiet tomorrow. After today's results, including Sunderland's win at Chelsea, perhaps the best thing we city fans could do is put £100 on City finishing bottom, which is frankly what they deserve for what they've dished up this season, and use the winnings to drown our sorrows in style. Still, at least the tractor boys got stuffed today, so it's something to smile about in the short term. Perhaps a bet at good odds on them getting to the playoffs and winning through might be a good idea, then there'd be enough in the kitty to wipe the whole of this season and next from the collective memory, Just a thought.

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    rjukancanary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Yes I saw B. Fury as well as Mark Winter, Adam Faith. Morcambe and Wise at the Wellington hugh disappointment as seen it all on tv

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    sharky

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Yarmouth Windmill in the sixties! I remember seeing Billy Fury and my cousin and I both left our autograph books overnight and when we collected them next day, we both had Billy Fury's autograph, only mine was totally different to my cousins. We never did know who had the 'real' one. Probably neither of us! Wonder if Billy is any relation to Leroy Fury?

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Now CH has gone I will end my self-imposed exile on these boards. At least we know that the team will come out fighting tomorrow and no more of CH bigging up the 'quality' of the opposition. Why, oh why, could the Board not see what 95% of us supporters have been seeing crystal clearly for many months? Anyway, let's have a real go at Liverpool tomorrow - maybe, just maybe!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Believe it or not, but I was at the Tech at the same time as you Stew. I was one of the 'Brighter' ones. Mind you the place was full of Stu Pydsodds at that time,so you would have been one of the crowd I guess!. I do remember a very young John Wilson, who went on to play with Norwich City. Back to this day and it's nice to see Tim Sherwood and his boys doing us a big favour!

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • A bit after you stew. 54 55 56. Played for the tec in my first year. Cricket and football. Held one of the school records in Athletics. Blowing my own trumpet. ;-) Jack Adams, What a plon**r. Showering with us young boys. Wonder how that would go down these days. I remember Brown, Sharpe (Science). Also I,ve been to Tescos this morning :-).... Small world.

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    sharky

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • …..It's all a question of memory now sharky!....let me say '46-'47-'48...got some football and cricket medals kicking around somewhere....Teachers!..take your pick from....'Coco' Brown! Herr von Lishman, Sharpe!, Abigale! Trott, Pinching, and or course Jack Adams (sports and PT)...Don't tell me you were there at that time!...I answered to the name of R**Y in those days!...can you fill in the missing bits?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • ok Stew what year were you at the tec. ;-)

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    sharky

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Do remember those tattoo transfers MB. My grandsons copy of match had a tattoo sleeve as a free gift last week. First record bought on '78 was Butterfingers (Tommy Steele). Suffered life's first irony soon after when I dropped and broke it. Saw Tommy at Gt Yarmouth Windmill, about 1960 I think. Frankie Howerd second on bill. Still got the programme. Checked it's value a few weeks ago, assuming it must be worth thousands now. £7 was best offer. Irony follows me around. Would that pay for my Believe tattoo. I've got the Believe LP. If it gets more iron-ic I'll rust. Hope you don't mind me chipping in with these irrelevances, just my way of putting off checking the Fulham result. Go on then, tell me if you must.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Sorry to disappoint you stew but I am the original oldtimer on here. My name isn't Les, I don't live in Methwold and I'm not 85, though after Hootons tenure here I do feel it. As for the tin bath, how many nine year old boys had to share a bath with a five year old sister who kept laughing at my "naughty bits"? And a claim to fame is that I ran round the corner of Regent Road in Yarmouth and knocked David Nixon base over apex. OTBC

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Cheers mate. Plasterers then. Let me know the when!

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Just dreamt up a `Midfield Four`: Pearl, Carr, Tettey, Johnson. I wouldn`t know what Dennis Lotus`s best position is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I am not as old as bluelight or Stew - well, not quite! though I can remember all those artistes that Stew mentioned. Once, we had a rare treat - a trip to Yarmouth from Thorpe Station on a real steam train! Late `50s? I was privileged to see Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson, Superstars of those days, enjoying a bag of chips on the market. I think they were doing a Summer Season at Britannia Pier. Around about the same time, we spotted Patrick Troughton on the beach at Bacton, complete with khaki shorts and sandals - with obligatory socks. That may have been a little bit later - he was the 2nd `Dr. Who`, wasn`t he? El dingo, if you can cajole Steely Dan\Fagen into arranging another `getting plastered gig`, I`m sure you`d be welcome. It`s not a cyber pub and it is in Gotham City. To illustrate solidarity, I`ll even get a few peel-off Tatts for the occasion! Anybody remember that TV Series, "The Illustrated Man"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • .....Blue light!...I hope you are wearing well!....What school had the pleasure of your company?....I finished up at the Tech on Ipswich Road!....My education came much later!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • .....Oh!..almost forgot...you do at this time of life....Jimmy Young was Top of the Pops with his 78 rpm...Too Young!.....and not forgetting *icky Valentine, Dennis Lotus, and Donald Pears!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • stew .you and i are the same.so we are just a couple of youngsters.

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    bluelight

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • .....Bluelight!....That honour probably belongs to Les (old timer) from Methwold....he's about 85 years young I believe....about 4 years older than me!....I'm off to Tesco now for the groceries....on my bike!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • goodness me brew,i thought i was the oldest one on these boards,then you dig up adan adamant.i had forgotten all about him.thanks for the memory.

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    bluelight

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Can people with loads of tattoos come to the pub? I could wear a long sleeve top If I had to. Which pub? When? Or is it a cyber pub? Somewhere in the City I hope. I'd like to come if I can make it.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Hope that`s not a reference to a game of Ludo in Llandudno.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Blaff, being the infant of the family, I was 5th in line - after the cat. Then it was my job to bale out the galvanized steel bath into the yard drain, prior to cleaning it out and hanging it back in the coal shed. I was only 3. Sob, ah Kid. ;-) Je ruikenen oud vriend, Gek. PS, it wasn`t even our cat. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Entirely, agree, Stewpydd. My daughter's boyfriend recently travelled all the way to Brighton for the privilege of being tattooed by some Swedish geezer who, allegedly, is to the human body what Banksy is to council estates. Cost him £350. The only person who's going to see it is probably my daughter.......and she doesn't even like fire-breathing dragons!

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Glad to see Padster giving "Insist" a rest, and granting a trial run to "Adamant". Progress. Anyone remember that TV series starring Gerald Harper - "Adam Adamant Lives"? 1966, England`s World Cup Year! It was certainly ripped-off\parodied by Mike Myers` "Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery" movies. A cryogenically preserved swashbuckler, thawed out and successfully returned to duty. "Adamant Adams Lives". Good Karma?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • These days you can get realistic looking stockings for the arms covered in tattoos, they look very convincing on stage.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Anybody remember those pretend tattoos you could buy in sweet shops, etc? `Pingays` or something, they were called. A quick lick on the arm and these little pictures were instantly transferred from their backing paper. Only to be removed by the weekly bath ;-) Temporary tattoos: "Soon be one of countless tvv@s, As he applies his peel-off weekend Tatts". From a poem, by a local writer, "New-Age Sewage". Published by Stodder & Houghton, in roll form.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Strictly speaking, Sunday should be our Resurrection. This fixture should`ve been played on Good Friday, (Mattias, 27.33), then we`d be fully revitalised by Sunday, and ready to beat our final 3 opponents. Then we`d enjoy Ascension to the Heaven of Premiership safety, rather than a suffer `Descension` into Championship Hell. Without having to wait the full 40 days.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • We all know that Bradley's "Believe" tattoo is his homage to Cher's 1998 auto-tune dance classic.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Remember, it is Easter. May be more of a crucifixion than a sacrifice. Calvary comes to the Carra, quickly followed bt the Carrion Crows. Make a good film "Carrion up the Carra". We could still make a comeback - rock on. Or rock off? ...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • '....Yes Bradley!...If you are one of the chosen few, on Sunday, I would like to see you made Captain for the day!....An inspiration to others...Tattoos or not!...Liverpool are only another 11men and boys....ready for the taking!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • .....Tattoos are a personal thing that both males and females decide will enhance their appearance.... They feel inadequate to face life as they were when born, and use this artwork to give them the confidence they obviously lacked....Not all tattoos are successful in this respect!....Cosmetic surgery is another example!.... I am as nature intended thank goodness...apart from my false teeth, glass eye, hip replacements, hearing aid, contact lenses, and a new grey wig...What would I do without them all?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I've got loads of tattoos (including three of NCFC) but after a quick inspection the best I can hope for is that the dragon on my right arm scorches Suarez' derrière.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I want to believe too Bradley. In fact we all want to believe that the team can now plunder points from four of the nations very best teams to make up for how the board let an out of touch manager keep hold of the reins until we had played, and mostly lost, all of the games that would have made us safe. If we stay up after this run of games I might have my first tattoo and that will read "Believe in miracles".

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

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