'I want to beat them' - Johnson on facing old side Leeds

Norwich City

Former Leeds United midfielder Bradley Johnson has spoken about facing his old club for the first time since he left.

Norwich City star Bradley Johnson will face Leeds United this evening for the first time since leaving them in 2011.

Johnson spent a prolonged spell at Leeds before he left for Norwich and he’s hoping to dodge any abuse from away supporters during the vital Championship clash at Carrow Road.

“Leeds away fans are passionate and hopefully they will remember what I did that was good for the club,” said Johnson.

“I didn’t leave on bad terms. I wish them all the best, but on Tuesday I’m going to want to beat them.”

“So if they want to give me stick, I’m sure it will kick me on – If I’m selected to play.”

Johnson has been a key component of the Norwich side which has consolidated near the top of the Championship over the start of this season.

He’s playing in a central midfield holding role this season, making the majority of his appearances just in front of the Norwich back four.

That suggests that he’s likely to be a key player for the Canaries in terms of breaking up Leeds attacks and if he puts in some big challenges early, it could well get that Leeds away support fired up.

A win for Norwich will put them onto 24 points and will end a run of three games without a victory. It would also be an important win because no team is pulling away at the top of the Championship.

For Leeds, they are still chasing a first win under Darko Milanic after two defeats and two draws from his first four games in charge. A win puts Leeds onto 18 points and that should be enough to put them just outside the Championship play-off places.

Johnson will likely be at the heart of Norwich’s team performance and Leeds fans will be hoping he has a nightmare protecting the home side’s back four.

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