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Johnson praises Norwich spirit

Bradley Johnson insists Norwich never know when they are beaten.

The Canaries grabbed a very useful point with a dramatic 3-3 draw against Blackburn at Carrow Road on Saturday when captain Grant Holt came off the bench to net a stoppage-time penalty.

"We could have dropped our heads at half-time and come out in the second half with sad faces, but we have the desire to know the game lasts 90 minutes," the combative midfielder said.

Paul Lambert's men had looked out of contention heading into the final 10 minutes when they trailed 3-1 following a quickfire brace by Ayegbeni Yakubu and Christopher Samba after Steve Morison's fine effort had cancelled out an impressive opener from Junior Hoilett on the stroke of half-time.

However, a deflected effort from Johnson, which looped up off Jason Lowe and over Paul Robinson, gave the home side a lifeline before Steven Nzonzi was penalised for a somewhat unfortunate handball deep into added time - and Holt made no mistake from 12 yards.

Norwich have now lost just once in the last six league games, and that was at Manchester United.

Johnson, a free transfer from Leeds, feels the character of Lambert's men - who currently sit comfortably in the top half of the table - can serve them well for the battles ahead.

He added: "We are tight. Everyone wants to do well for each other and the manager. Holty could easily drop his head as he has not been playing, but both strikers scored and they are fighting for that shirt.

"We have all come from the lower leagues and this is where we want to be. Every game we go into, we want to win.

"In pre-season, we bonded well and went to Germany for a few games. It is down to the manager. We have that desire and work-rate in abundance."

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