Johnson reveals Toon bonus
Adam Johnson has revealed there was extra significance to his match-winner against Newcastle.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 04/10/10 11:50am
Manchester City's Adam Johnson has revealed there was extra significance to his match-winner against Newcastle.
The Sunderland-born winger actually grew up as a Newcastle fan and was rejected by the Magpies when he was 12.
But Johnson bounced back to come through the ranks at Middlesbrough and earn a £7million move to City in January.
And the England international, 23, avenged his Newcastle snub by coming off the bench to give City a 2-1 win at Eastlands on Sunday.
"I wasn't a Sunderland fan, I was at Newcastle and supported them as a kid," he said.
"It's extra special to score against my old team but I play for City now, so that's all that counts."
Johnson scored his first goal at Eastlands in the 1-1 Europa League draw with Juventus last week and followed that up with a superb 75th-minute strike against Newcastle - just three minutes after replacing Gareth Barry.
City had been struggling to break down Newcastle, who had a strong penalty shout turned down late on, but Johnson's goal secured a hard-fought victory and sent the Blues above Arsenal and neighbours United into second.
It was Johnson's third City goal and his fourth this season including the two he scored for England last month.
"It's one of the best goals I've scored," he added. "It's my first in the league here and it's nice that it was the winner.
"It's always the plan when you're a sub to come on and try to make a difference.
"I did that. If we're going to do well this season, we need to grind out results."