Bradley Johnson ready to prove a point for Norwich City at West Bromwich Albion

Bradley Johnson hopes to continue his improved form against West Brom. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Bradley Johnson hopes to continue his improved form against West Brom. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:06 AM

Bradley Johnson could take a little crumb of comfort in his personal performance at Liverpool – but he knows Norwich City need to provide a collective response when they take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

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The midfielder has struggled to match the form that saw him in the running as Canaries’ player of the season last term.

However, he was able to show glimpses of his best form on Wednesday night, in what proved a wretched night for City on Merseyside.

And with Albion just a point and three places above them in the Premier League table, Johnson knows the time has come for Norwich to sort out their form on the road.

“We talked after the Liverpool game about putting things right and there’s no better way to put things right than a quick game on Saturday,” said Johnson.

“Personally, no I haven’t played better than that this season. I’ve been in and out of the team and it’s hard to get your form right when it’s like that.

“But it’s my job and I’m a professional. I’ve got to keep working hard on the training pitch and when I do get my chance, I’ve got to take it. Hopefully I did enough to keep my place on Saturday.”

City’s last five away fixtures in all competitions do not make pretty reading: lost five, three scored, 22 conceded – coming against Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Liverpool.

Chris Hughton’s Canaries cannot afford to add to that collection on Saturday – when even a draw would represent some progress. City have had just two stalemates all season.

“I don’t think the away form is getting us down,” added Johnson. “The Manchester City game was a hard game for us to take, but I think we only had ourselves to blame for that one. So we’ll concentrate on Saturday and hopefully put things right.

“We can’t put our finger on what’s different to last year (in not being difficult to beat). We’ve discussed it in the changing room, but what was said will stay in the changing room. We’ve just got to put it right and show everyone what we can do.”

9 comments

  • Hanging on at 1-0. How often does Johnson give away the ball?

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    jigs69

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Two great posts. We are all sick and tired of the same old story every time. The real answer is that nobody in the team or so called management structure can defend the trash they have been dishing up every week. They should either put up or shut up and go - we've had enough.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Trying to say thanks for your compliments Rolf, but keep getting ethered, unbelievable, and we think the football team's got problems. Some people need to get out more

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • A city like Norwich needs a premiership side. I really do hope that you lot don't go down. I am a Leeds fan born and bred. Just wish we were in the premiership. Good luck for today. Lets hope Hughton is on his bike by six oclock.

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    Rolf

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • I really dont care what Bradley says or what piont he has to prove. the whole of carrow road need to prove to the supporters their intent because at the moment they are losing the will of the supporters and thats a very bad situation. CH if you lose today just go please, if you draw to day go as well and if we win go as well. Because we are fed up with promises false hopes and lies.

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    Keep it Low

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Still not sure of the actual set up but we are now 1 up so something is working.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Thanks for that Rolf, very magnanimous. My daughter's just started uni in Leeds, and is very impressed with the place. She hasn't yet been to Elland Rd, and only technically supports Arsenal, however perceptions and habits can change, and heaven's above, we certainly need a bit of that. Good luck against Watford, whom you should dispatch with ease. They seem to be in a very bad run of form. Oh, perhaps we can acquire their manager. As for the Leeds contingent, Becchio continues to provide effective central heating for the bench, the excellent Johnny Howson should really be playing for a better club, and Bradley? well, he sports an impressive beard, which occasionally confuses him more than the opposition. We keep the faith, but some of us have far less hair than we used to.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • So, Bradley got the short straw this week and offers more platitudes to the masses. Who do they think they are fooling? I'm looking forward to when the tea lady gets a turn!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Just read the team sheet, I am not surprised that there are two changes in defense with Martin & Benett making way for Whittaker & Turner. I am however a bit puzzled to see that Wes has been dropped for Hooper so we can play two up front leaving a midfield of Johnson, Fer, Howson & Redmond. I can only presume Howson will be expected to play on the wing unless we play three centre backs and push Olsson forward into left wing. Is CH that brave I wonder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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