Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson ready for crucial run of fixtures
Last Updated: 09/03/14 1:54pm
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Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson knows the Canaries need to take their big-game mentality into fixtures against the other teams in the lower reaches of the Premier League table.
City have held Manchester City to a goalless draw and recorded a 1-0 win over Tottenham in recent matches and it is those kinds of performances that Johnson wants to be replicated in the coming weeks.
After next weekend's trip to Southampton, the Norfolk club have a quartet of matches they will be targeting points from as they take on Sunderland, Swansea, West Brom and Fulham.
They then have a daunting run in their final four games of the season with games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
"We turn it on when we play the big teams," said Johnson after the 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Carrow Road on Saturday, a match in which he put Norwich ahead before Jon Walters levelled from the penalty spot.
"We need to do the business when we play the teams in and around us. That is something we have been working on off the pitch, we can't just raise our game when we play the big teams, we have to do it for every game we go in to.
"We have got some home games to play and we are playing teams in and around us soon, so hopefully we can pick up some points.
"We are not setting a target, we just want to win as many games as we can. We are good at home and we go away to Southampton on Saturday and will hopefully pick up points there."
Johnson looked to take the positives from Saturday's draw and felt Stoke defended well once they were reduced to 10 men after goalscorer Walters saw red.
"We are a point closer to where we want to be, which is staying in this league," he said.
"We can take positives out of the game but we are disappointed we didn't get all three points.
"It was hard for us, with them going down to 10 men they got everyone behind the ball.
"They are a big physical team and are good at heading the ball. They sit there and want you to break them down, they are well-organised and when you go down to 10 men you work that extra little bit harder."