Bradley Johnson: Norwich man talks Man City and Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Last Updated: 17/11/13 11:45am

Bradley Johnson reflected on Norwich's recent 7-0 thumping at Manchester City when he dropped into the Soccer AM studio during the international break.

The midfielder - who joined the Canaries from Leeds in 2011 - played the full 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium and netted an own goal to hand Manuel Pellegrini's star-studded squad the lead after 16 minutes.

Further strikes from David Silva, Matija Nastasic, Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko left Norwich shell shocked and Johnson says the defeat was hard to take for himself and rest of the Carrow Road side.

"It was the worst game I've ever been involved in and for most of the lads it was the same."

Bradley Johnson

"It was one of those games where nothing went our way," said the former Northampton and Cambridge engine-roomer, who has made nine appearances for City in all competitions this term.

"Man City are top class and always looked like they were going to score but some of the goals we conceded were because we were not up to scratch.

"Looking up at the clock and seeing we were 4-0 down after about 30 minutes, I just wanted a hole to open up so I could jump in it, but we had a duty to each other and to the fans to work hard.


"The dressing room was silent afterwards and no-one said anything jokey because we were so disappointed; it was the worst game I've ever been involved in and for most of the lads it was the same."

Norwich bounced back from their heavy loss in Manchester by overcoming West Ham in their following match, with Johnson's onetime Leeds team-mate Robert Snodgrass cracking in an eye-catching free-kick for the East Anglian side.

Further goals were supplied by summer signing Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer but Johnson spoke about another Norwich new boy, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, during his chat with Helen Chamberlain and Max Rushden.

The 26-year-old revealed the Dutchman - snapped up from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £8.5million - is not known by the name he would like, but believes the City No. 9 will consistently ripple the net once he shakes off a foot injury.

"He wants to be called 'The Wolf' but we call him Ricky," added Johnson. "He is injured at the minute but I'm sure he will score goals when he is fit and show why we paid so much to get him."

Hit the video above to hear more from Johnson, including his thoughts on Norwich's survival bid and his run-in with Joey Barton.