Bradley Johnson wants Norwich City to up their game against fellow Premier League strugglers

Bradley Johnson and Jonathan Walters tussle in Saturday's Premier League draw between Norwich and Stoke at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Bradley Johnson and Jonathan Walters tussle in Saturday's Premier League draw between Norwich and Stoke at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4:45 PM

Norwich City need to up their game against the teams around them, according to midfielder Bradley Johnson.

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The Canaries have picked up five points from their six games since January – with four of those points coming in their games against sides in the top five. Yet at Cardiff, Aston Villa, West Ham and against Stoke, City have managed just one.

And while City still have the games coming up to ensure their Premier League survival, Johnson is aware they need to up the ante.

“We’ve got some home games to play and we’re playing teams in and around us soon, so hopefully we can pick up some points,” said Johnson. “But that’s the thing – we have been turning it on when we play the big teams, but then we’ve got to do the business when we play the teams that are going to be in and around us.

“That’s something we’ve been working on off the pitch. We have got to raise our game in every game we go into.”

City’s final nine games feature a neat split. The next five include visits from Sunderland and West Brom, as well as a trip to bottom side Fulham.

After that, Norwich finish with a run in consisting of games with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

“We don’t take much notice of the run-in – we’ve got a lot of games left and there are a lot of points to pick up,” added Johnson. “Some say we’ve only got five games – there are more than that and we can pick up points in any of those games.

“I relish every game. Everyone writes us off and throughout my time at Norwich we’ve proved everyone wrong.

“I relish the big games myself because I’ve dreamt of playing in the Premier League and playing against the top teams.

“It’s a dream come true for me to walk out on the pitch. But we have got to pick up points in every game and stay in this league.”

59 comments

  • Good stuff, LincsCan! What a wonderful experience that cup run was. Don`t forget the manager, Chockie McCaley. Or was it Mackintosh? Btw, I live quite near to Ron`s country seat, Ashmanhaugh, in a manner of speaking ;-) Billy Bingham ring a bell\knell?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Can't see more than 2 home wins and a couple of draws at best - is 37 points enough? They needed to have raised there game before now

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Stewpydd, that makes you about 97. Respect is due. Bobby Brennen! What a "lej". Took over the captaincy from Ron Ashman.....who then took it back again. Wonder what BB did to deserve that? II thought Terry Ryder played for Pompey. Could be wrong. As for the others, I remember them fondly from all those black and white movies made at Elstree. As for Terry Alcock, next time I see him I promise I won't tell him that you omitted him from your roll of honour............and, yes, despite the omission, you qualify.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • BW, it was Luton who ended the run, BB is the initials of the goal scorer(se MB's earlier post)

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • You're right, Lincs, of course you are. Footballers and managers have to do their mind-numbing, toe curling, platitudinous interviews. But here's my question: why? With a few exceptions the way they express themselves with their feet is more impressive than the way they do it with their mouths. To me it's just a cheap ploy to enable the media to fill their newspapers and TV \radio programmes with cheap froth instead of what people actually want to see\hear.....which is football. Next time a footballer is asked to sign a contract requiring him to spout bo**ocks into a microphone, he should "just say no", just as he would (not) if he were being offered drugs in a nightclub.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I was one that went on record as believing Hughton was an excellent fit for Norwich City and would be here for the `long haul`. I don`t mind admitting I was wrong. If you never change your mind, you`ll never change anything. Every day`s a schoolday. And sundry other glib homilies. Lowestoft are up to 4th in the Ryman Prem. 5 wins on the trot. C`mon you Trawlerboys!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Surrey Canary, you ask if 37pts will be enough. Over the past ten years that has been about the average needed. The 40pts often stated as the target is becoming something of a myth. I think, like you, we will hit the midupper thirties and maybe that will see us stumble across the line. I just hope goal difference doesn't come in to play.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • It must be your turn, Stew. Though mijn speciaal vriend, Blaffen Wijs, seems to have suffered too, as have many others. However, just because you`re paranoid doesn`t mean they`re not out to get you.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • The team should have been doing that from the start. Why does it need saying? Surely professional players should be expected to give 100% every time they go onto the pitch? I am having a job believing I am seeing this kind of comment!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • It seems failure is becoming endemic in Norfolk, failing schools, failing ambulance service, failing football club, failing newspaper, failing .....

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • No problem, Bayern Munich just put Ar5enl out of the Champions League and we beat them last time so that's three points in the bag on the last game.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Agree its good to see Lowestoft and King Lynn doing quite well. Not forgetting a few others.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • *sidenote but I did predict from day 1 Hughton would fail. Nothing something I go round screaming about though. I hoped id be wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • ......Could somebody at Archant let me know if I will be able to make a comment about Norwich City and the observations of others on these boards today ?...submissions I have made in the last couple of days have been largely rejected,...no notifications have found their way into my in box! ...hope this comment is not OFFENSIVE in any way!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • SP, Bernard Robinson ran a pub after he retired from football. I think it was around about the time of his death at the ripe old age of 92 that Brewer started posting. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Maybe there is, after all, a place for reincarnation in my "belief system".

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • No complaints , a few more goals though would help. I know its going to be a tough order but hey guys dont lose heart.

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    johnty

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • La Barbe, very true, made a change from Russ Martin coming out with some guff about how they all love hughton. Come on bradders we can all see that, think its you boys who cant and have failed to do this all season. Oh come on Sharky what do you expect, comments saying "hey bradley, nice idea, wow what a man for thinking of that".

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • .....Yippee!!!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Lincs, I'm a tad sceptical ( but not ageist) about the team of 5859. Normally I wouldn't dare question your authority on such matters, but are you sure this is not just a list of plumber's accessories which you've reproduced to persuade us that your long term memory is better than your...........forgotten what I was going to say now.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • So you expect him to say Yeah I hate playing for Norwich and we will get relegated. Pathetic!!!!!

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Funny thing is, if NCFC go down, many of the star players will get transferred and probably to more lucrative contracts with PL clubs... Funny old game (sorry, business)

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • BW, when even lesser PL clubs get £60m from tv and Sky has a 24 hr sports news channel the inevitable outcome is managers\players spouting meaningless platitudes. More forthright views would be welcome but can you imagine Bradley or any other NCFC player commenting, "Hell, we would have won that if Hoots had been more adventurous. Will he ever learn?"

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Yea you all are failures for failing to predict from day one that Hughton was a failure

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • ....that was hard work, too, Stew. There`s something wrong with Archie`s IT Crowd. Perhaps they should try switching themselves off then back on again? Perhaps they`ve already done the first part of that, but forgotten the `back on` bit? I wonder if that`s `Accurate` or `Inaccurate`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • another pointing out the obvious article by a member of the NCFC staff. Our fate becomes sealed that little bit more with every point we dropgift to a rival.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • No offence, Bradley, but - WE KNOW!!

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Come on Michael Bailey!! I expect more than this bland club PR rubbish from you!! What next?? Paddy Davitt doing verbatim re-prints of Chris Hughtons "This weeks excuses" post match interviews??

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • …..Hello sharky!.... where in the stands is your 'plush complimentary seat'?....I,m not that interested really....just wanted to check if I was allowed to post something...Anything!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Might be a dream for him (nightmare for the rest of us). I was at the palace sotton game on Saturday, we should be on for a point or 3 at the weekend methinks.

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    Croydonary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • My car failed its MOT. I also failed to remember my wife's birthday last week.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • That sounds like a awful lot of autographs from one person, Oldtimer. Were you trying to create Bobby Brennen wallpaper, or maybe you were Mr Brennen's bank manager..........or did you just keep forgetting that you already had his autograph (in which case I share SP's doubts about your age)? Either way, respect is due....................a hundred autographs from Bobby Brennen. Wow!

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Hello Stewpydd, how long have you been following the fortunes of Norwich City? I'm not really in the least bit interested, but I wanted to keep you company.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • .....Hey oldtimer (Les) ...hope you are well for a 'young' man with a poor memory...Not so long ago you were telling us that you were i n your eighties, and lived in Methwold....or was that another old timer?....Bernard Robinson ran The Ipswich Tavern in West legate until NU redeveloped the area!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • La Barbe has taken the words right out of my mouth. But if I had written them, Archie wouldn't have printed them. Yesterday I called Archie "hopeless" because the article entitled "Video: 3 Up Front Extra – Same old story for Norwich City" had the Stoke game down as a defeat for Norwich. The error was not corrected for at least 18 hours. Now you would have thought that the first thing you learn at football journalism school is the difference between a "draw" (when both teams score the same number of goals) and a "defeat" (*when they don't), so, exercising all the restraint I could muster, I described the article as "hopeless" and I (constructively) suggested that Archie might sack the censor and employ a proof-reader instead (Brewer for example). Posting rejected. Reason: "inaccurate". Far from being inaccurate, it was as bleedingly obvious as Bradley Johnson's sponsored banalities above.

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Lambert was the best but I wouldn't support him now Also he has proved nothing yet in the EPL. I do think Hughton is obstinate. Hard to change his mind until its to late. I,ve tried to speak to him a few times but no luck. I even gave my views to target men who were available as I think thats the answer to our problems. Sadly they were to costly.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Yep, cool. What I'd like to see upped is the six and a half grand for Big Dunc. Player and stalwart for years, and despite a lot of people admirably raising £6,500 for him, lets not forget the likes of Rooney probably earn that in a week by sitting on the toilet? 300k pw = 40k per day, or 1500 per hour. Against that, mighty pros like Duncan get handouts to the tune of £6500 from the supporters. Madness.

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    Les Lee

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • This is becoming tedious. After every inept performance a member of the squad is trotted out to mouth platitudes and to state the 'bleedin obvious'! Exasperating or what?

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Blaffen Wijs; "inaccurate" is one Archie likes to use if you`ve found something , well, inaccurate. It`s a classic case of blame transference. Pot, kettle, zwart. I tried to reply to your suggestion that I apply for that job as an Extra on Video, 3 Up Front, but the usual problem. Anyway, I have already secured the position of Personal Pógón Pruner to my initialsake, young Michael Bailey.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • You seem to be becoming a tad ageist, Blaffen Wijs. You`re not stephen davis in disguise, are you? I visited this site mainly to see how you baffle Archie`s Minder with harsh invective. Seems to work. On solecisms; we will not likely see the end of "Houghton" before we see the hind-end of Hughton, hopefully. Now we have Bobby Brennen..... What next? Kevan Keyland. Gorden Bollard. Huge Curry. Earl Cross`em. Bill Pontins. Dive Stranger. Dr. Spooner. Mrs. Malaprop. Ricky van Wolfswinkel... Unrivalled.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Out to make friends today, canaryinslovenia? What about fire stations? We burn ours down.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • It's part of a professional footballers job to give interviews. Bradley is no different from most players in that much of what he says is obvious. A Chelsea player will say "we remain focused, it's in our hands, not thinking of title yet," A Fulham player will say "nobody here has given up, there's plenty of points to play for, we've still got Norwich to come,".

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Its so we don't get bored in between matches

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Criticism for the sake if criticism. "pathetic"

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Yea Bradley the fans have been waiting all season for you to do that!

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    goldie

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Picking up points is so true, as if the final relegation spot is decided on goal difference, it will be NCFC. I know after every poor management game they trot out someone to state the obvious, but we need an extra point to those around us because of the poor goal difference.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I truly believe We could be in the championship right now with the current playing staff and coaches and still wouldnt be challenging for promotion within Hughtons style of play, attitude and decisions.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Thanks for that, Lincs. Silly me.

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    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • BW, I am unanimous in my recollections and you would be unwise to question the authority of someone who has frequented Barrow Road for over half a century. As for you MB, how dare you mention that unmentionable name of the Hatters variety. By the way, you know how people say they remember where they were when Kennedy was shot? I remember being in hospital having my adenoids sucked out when that 59 replay was played. The nurse thought the tubes up my nose were making me cry. It was, of course, the news coming through on the hospital radio headphones that B--, B---. (No, I still can't say the name) had ended the dream. At least I got a cuddle although I was too young to appreciate it.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • …..sharky!....How would YOU rate our present manager in relation to Worthington, Grant, Roeder, Gunn, and Lambert ?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Correct MB! Trawler boys certainly are on a run! We do this every year now it seems. Flirt with promotion. Fingers crossed.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I thought it was L...L...Luton Town who ended the I959 cup run, although the game was played at B...B...Birmingham City's ground. Still, far be it for to question your omniscience, Stato of Lincs.

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    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • .....B.W......It' s hard to remember exactly...but as a youngster,I watched the likes of Terry Ryder ..Bertie Holmes...Johnny Church..Bernard Robinson... Norman Low...but my all time favourite was Bobby Brennen...the Hoolahan of his time...oh and Les Eyre ...Do I qualify?...

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • My my first season spectating at Carrow Road was 58\59. Reached the FA cup semi and lost to Luton (yes even then). Can still name the regular first team without looking up their autographs. It was Kenyon, Ashpan, Tullow, McGohan, Rutter, Crow, Crossman, Ballcock, Fly, Gill, Bressan. Still the best team ever!

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I too loved Bobby Brennan, I've got his autograph about a hundred times. I go back to Ken Oxford, Ken Nethercott, Bill Lewis and Reg Folkes. Reg came to my house to see my Mum and Dad after I played against Norwich City All Stars (my claim to fame being that I ran rings around an England schoolboy international called Dave Stringer who was guesting for the All Stars). Reg was scouting for the Canaries at that time, and I played for the 'B' team for a while before being cast aside to finish my apprenticeship. Now in my sixties, I can never remember any time when a manager was so stubborn, so inept, so arrogant, so useless and so hated by the fans as Hughton. Even Rodent along with Hamilton, Grant, Worhington and Gunny weren't this bad. The cheers and flag waving will be unprecedented when the p***ock finally gets his come uppance

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Failing councils, failing councillors, failing incinerator projects, please help me carry on with this list fellow failures

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • True! No I was being sarky to the person claiming like he was the only one who wasnt keen on Hughton from start. I wasnt keen but ill always get behind anyone who pulls on the yellow & green or wears the badge.....too a point. Always behind the team during 90mins on a saturday (or sunday as it seems these days)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • La Barbe, very true, made a change from Russ Martin coming out with some guff about how they all love hughton. Come on bradders we can all see that, think its you boys who cant and have failed to do this all season. Oh come on Sharky what do you expect, comments saying "hey bradley, nice idea, wow what a man for thinking of that".

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Easy to predict a manager wont be successful. Not many are, so dont change your job Mat ;-)

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Same old, same old. I'm bored. Yawn.

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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