Can Bradley Johnson shoot Norwich to automatic promotion?

Norwich City

The Norwich midfielder has scored three goals in four appearances as Alex Neil's men sit three points behind second place on a run of six straight wins.

Bradley Johnson's opening goal in last Sunday's thrilling 2-0 derby win over fellow promotion-chasers Ipswich Town was the all-action former Leeds man's 10th goal of a typically productive season. Throughout his career Johnson has tended to score goals in spurts, with five goals in three games also arriving back in December for the Canaries. So can the midfielder continue his scoring run and help the Carrow Road men home in on the automatic places?

With Derby County faltering last night in a tame 2-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich are well placed to take advantage ahead of tonight's Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to struggling Wigan, and will go above Derby on goal difference with a win.

The odds are on a seventh successive win for Alex Neil's team, and the low-key Scot was in bullish mood following Sunday's derby win, claiming that Norwich were wrestling control of the automatic promotion contest.

Neil told the Guardian: “The good thing now is that it is in our own hands...and we have still got to play the two sides above us [Derby and Middlesbrough] at home. We have given ourselves a chance, but that is all it is, a chance, and we have got to keep working hard and try to make sure we take it."

With strikers Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome also in fine form, if Johnson can maintain his strike rate from midfield, the Canaries' late run for the automatic places could be perfectly-timed.

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