Tag: Bradley Johnson

Championship: Reading 2-1 Norwich

Reading won for the first time under Steve Clarke to dent Norwich City’s play-off hopes.

The hosts went in front when Hal Robson-Kanu slotted home from the penalty spot after Bradley Johnson was adjudged to have fouled Michael Hector in the area.

Simon Cox made it 2-0 before half-time when he converted Glenn Murray’s cross.

Johnson pulled one back for the visitors with a fine strike but the hosts held out.

Clarke replaced the sacked Nigel Adkins earlier this month but had taken just one point from his first two matches as Royals boss.

Reading had won just one of their previous seven matches and could have fallen behind when Gary Hooper blazed over for the Canaries.

Murray forced a good save from Norwich keeper John Ruddy before Hector went down in the box under Johnson’s challenge and Robson-Kanu stepped up to send Ruddy the wrong way from the spot.

Cox doubled the home side’s advantage nine minutes later when he controlled a Murray cross before firing in a crisp shot.

Cameron Jerome almost connected with a low Jonny Howson cross to pull one back before Johnson hit a controversial goal for the visitors.

Reading winger Garath McCleary left the pitch injured but referee James Linington restarted play without allowing Reading to replace him and, with the hosts temporarily reduced to 10 men, Johnson lashed home a superb 20-yard shot.

The Royals had blown a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Brighton on Friday but held out on this occasion to move nine points clear of relegation danger.

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Championship: Norwich 5-0 Huddersfield

Norwich scored five second-half goals as they thumped 10-man Huddersfield.

Terriers’ defender Murray Wallace was dismissed early on after bringing down Cameron Jerome, but it remained goalless until Bradley Johnson scored from close range just after the break.

Headers from Nathan Redmond, Johnson and Jerome extended the lead.

Substitute Lewis Grabban raced onto Wes Hoolahan’s through ball to complete the rout, with the visitors restricted to only a couple of half-chances.

The win lifted Neil Adams’ Canaries to within two points of the play-offs, while Huddersfield – who have only won two of their last nine games – slipped to 17th.

Norwich, who had only won one of their last eight home games, had their task made easier on 17 minutes when Wallace was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Brown.

A high punt forward was mis-controlled by visiting skipper Mark Hudson, allowing Jerome to latch onto the loose ball and he was through on goal when he was fouled by last man Wallace.

However, it took until 44 seconds into the second half for the home side to break the deadlock as Gary Hooper skilfully pulled the ball back for Johnson to tap in.

Two minutes later Norwich doubled their lead as Martin Olsson’s cross was met by half-time substitute Redmond, who nodded into the top corner.

The third goal in five minutes had a touch of fortune about it as Jonny Howson’s blocked shot fell perfectly to Johnson, who headed in his second.

Hooper’s flick found Huddersfield-born Jerome to make it 4-0 before ex-Bournemouth striker Grabban fired the ball high into the net just seconds after coming onto the pitch.

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