Johnson homes in on four wins

BY foxsports • April 1, 2011

And he refuses to blame their Carling Cup triumph for a slide into the bottom three of the table. Johnson is calling on the players to "show why they are at this club" and lift Blues out of trouble, starting with the home encounter with Bolton. Alex McLeish's side have taken only one point from three games since their shock Wembley triumph over Arsenal and have been beaten by fellow strugglers West Brom and Wigan. In addition they lost 3-2 to Bolton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at St Andrew's. But Johnson insisted: "The League Cup final took it out of us for a week maybe and you might expect a reaction the following game. "But certainly not four games after that would you expect it. It's not good enough "We are a good bunch and it does hurt us to see where we are in the league, certainly after last season (finishing ninth) and now winning the Carling Cup. "We have talked amongst ourselves about it. We all know are down there and we need to step things up. "People have got to start stepping up to the plate and showing why they are at this club." Johnson and some of his team-mates are quick to vent their feelings if someone is under-performing. He said: "There are a few of us like that - Stephen Carr as the captain, Lee Bowyer, Barry Ferguson, myself. If something is not right, it needs to be said. "That's the way it is. If someone is not doing their job, they need to be told. "We have a lot of experience here, and a lot of international players, and hopefully we can do enough to get safe." Johnson believes it will take more than 40 points to ensure safety and stresses the importance of City's remaining four home games. He said: "I think we are going to need four wins and maybe a draw but we are playing the sides that maybe we can get those points against. "We will be playing a lot of sides who are in the bottom half with us so we will be looking to get four wins to take us over the line. "The normal 40-point safety line definitely doesn't apply this year. The home games are the ones you've got to be looking to get the results in. "Four home games out of nine is good to us but we can pick up away results as well. "But we will certainly be looking to get maximum points from the home games." Johnson is hoping the international break will have recharged the batteries of the players for the final nine games. He added: "There were a good few of us hanging by a thread, playing on through injuries, but we haven't got great depth to the squad. "A few players have had to go through the pain barrier and do what they had to do. "Hopefully now the niggles the lads had have gone now after a few days off."


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