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Daniel Johnson Says Belief From Fans Pushed Them To Victory

16 September 2017

Daniel Johnson felt North End were willed on to victory from the fans that backed them in the away end this afternoon.

The No. 11 returned to the starting XI in style this afternoon after a two game injury lay off, by scoring North End's first of three goals in their 3-1 victory over Birmingham City.

The former Villa man didn't receive the warmest of receptions from the Birmingham faithful, but Johnson refused to let the atmosphere get the better of him - scoring a wonderful individual goal which proved the catalyst in the Lilywhites' first away win of the season.

Johnson was understandably delighted with how things panned out this afternoon, but the No. 11 couldn't sign off his interview without mentioning the 1,700 travelling away supporters where their faith in the players was felt on the pitch today.

After the game, he said: "The fans were brilliant today. They were loud, they were vocal and credit to them. You can see they have a lot of belief in us this season with the way we've been playing so we've just got to keep doing what they're doing and picking up the points.

"Today we knew that we had to win. There's a lot of people saying maybe they was up for it on Tuesday night because they were playing top of the table and coming to a place where they're struggling but we knew we had to come here and get the three points - but we've just got to stay grounded and keep on doing what we're doing."

Johnson conceded that the first half was far from acceptable yet he and his teammates knew exactly what was needed of them if they were to travel back to the M6 with three points.

He continued: "Obviously we were losing 1-0 and we knew we had to come out second half and score the next goal and that's what we did.

"I thought we were on the front foot from the very first whistle in the second half and we went out there and got the second and third goal to kill the game off.

"When we went in at half-time we knew we didn't do enough and the gaffer told us to have that belief and confidence from the start to dust ourselves down and go again and that's what we did.

"In the first half we didn't really get to grips with the game and 100% they were the better team in the first half but luckily it was just the one goal. We knew we had to come out second half and go after them and play in their half which we did, got the equaliser and pushed on from there."

For more reaction from DJ, as he also goes on to discuss his goal to iFollow, watch the video on iFollow now.


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