JJ hopes for good home delivery
PUBLISHED: 10:40 31 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:19 14 September 2010
Jonatan Johansson is hoping it will be a case of home, sweet home tomorrow as Norwich City attempt to get a dismal away defeat out of their systems. The Canaries have got a big point to prove to their supporters after crashing to a shock 2-0 defeat at Burnley last Friday and the on-loan frontman firmly believes they will deliver the goods - just as they have done in their previous four fixtures at Carrow Road.
Jonatan Johansson is hoping it will be a case of home, sweet home tomorrow as Norwich City attempt to get a dismal away defeat out of their systems.
The Canaries have got a big point to prove to their supporters after crashing to a shock 2-0 defeat at Burnley last Friday and the on-loan frontman firmly believes they will deliver the goods - just as they have done in their previous four fixtures at Carrow Road.
Nigel Worthington's men haven't always convinced on home territory in recent months but the fact remains that they have seen off the varied challenges of Brighton, Derby, Stoke and Sheffield United since Johansson made a goal-scoring full debut in the derby defeat against Ipswich on February 5.
The Finnish international is now hoping for more of the same against a Leicester side who have just taken 10 points from a possible 12 to move well away from the Coca Cola Championship relegation zone.
“We will be trying to continue the good form we have been showing at home - and pick up another three points,” he said.
“I can't remember too many bad performances at Carrow Road since I have been here and it would be great if we could make it five wins in a row on Saturday.
“We want to get the Burnley game out of our systems as soon as possible and the best way to do that would be to beat Leicester.
“We beat a good side in our previous home game against Sheffield United and there is no reason why we can't do that again. Leicester have been playing well recently, and are a big, physical side, but we will be ready for them.”
Johansson was in the thick of the action during the early stages at Burnley last week, and nearly made his mark with a powerful header that came back off the crossbar. But, in common with the rest of his colleagues, he was far quieter once the Clarets had got their noses in front - and is well aware that the overall team performance will have to improve tomorrow afternoon.
He wants nothing less than three points - and believes City would still have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs if they got back to winning ways against the Foxes.
“There is a slight chance, and as long as that remains the case we will not give up hope,” he said. “We'll just take each game as it comes and try to win it.
“We have got six games left and we want to win them all. We want to finish as high up the table as possible and, who knows, six wins might me good enough.
“But, for the time being, we just want to concentrate on winning this game. It would be nice for us - and it would be nice for the fans as well.”
He added: “I can't really put my finger on what went wrong at Burnley. We started the game very well and I think it would have been a very different story had we had taken some of those early chances.
“I thought my header was in - and if it had gone in I think we would have gone on to win the game.
“But we didn't do that. Burnley scored - and then we just seemed to stop playing, which was very disappointing. A football game is over 90 minutes, not 15, and it was just not good enough, we all know that.”
Johansson has scored three times in 10 appearances for the Canaries since his loan switch from Charlton and is glad to be playing regular football again after a long spell on the sidelines at the Valley.
“I've enjoyed myself since I have been here. I really like the club and the city,” he said. “Burnley and Crystal Palace certainly stick in the mind for all the wrong reasons but apart from those two I think we have done okay and obviously we want that to continue.”
As for the long-term future, he added: “When I came here I always said I would be taking one game at a time - and then see where I am at the end of the season. That is still the plan.”