Bradley Johnson wants Norwich City to up their game against fellow Premier League strugglers
16:45 11 March 2014
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Norwich City need to up their game against the teams around them, according to midfielder Bradley Johnson.
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.”