Johnson happy to keep grafting

Canaries midfielder believes hard work is key to continued success

Bradley Johnson: Looking to repeat last season's success

Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson feels the Canaries must look to keep up the hard work under new boss Chris Hughton.

It's been a summer of change at Carrow Road with Paul Lambert leaving for Aston Villa after helping the club to an impressive 12th-place finish last season.

But one thing Johnson believes must stay the same at the club is the work-rate of the team.

"The manager has brought his new staff in and it is the same as before - they want us to work hard and get in people's faces," Johnson told the club's official website.

"The way we play is not going to change - we are a bunch of hungry lads and we all want to do the best we possibly can.

"It has been a long and tough pre-season, but we have been working hard to stay in this league once again.

"We have got our heads down, had a break, and we will try to continue what we did last year.

"We had a good season last year, finished in 12th, and we want to kick on again, but the main thing is staying in the league."

Indifferent

Hughton has brought in the likes of Michael Turner and Robert Snodgrass in the summer as well as getting John Ruddy and Grant Holt to sign new deals.

But Norwich head into the season opener at Fulham this weekend on the back of some indifferent friendly results, culminated in a 2-0 home defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

That was the third successive match in which the Canaries have failed to score and that's something Hughton intends to put right for the big kick-off.

"It is always a concern when you are not scoring goals and it is something that we have to address because it is the only way you win football matches," admitted the manager.

"But that is what this pre-season period is all about.

"It is probably just a little bit of confidence in front of goal, the two good chances we created in this game we could put away next week."