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Johnson Looking For More Goals

Defender hopes to add to his FA Cup strike at Bristol City

10 January 2021

Callum Johnson celebrates scoring for Pompey at Bristol City in the FA Cu
Photo: Graham Hunt

Callum Johnson is not exactly known for his goalscoring prowess.

In fact, the right-back had found the target just once in competitive action heading into Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Bristol City.

But he seemed more like a seasoned striker just before the interval, caressing the ball into the net after collecting Andy Cannon’s cut-back.

That drew the visitors level following Famara Diedhiou’s opener, although a fine late strike from Chris Martin meant it was the Championship side who progressed to round four.

Now Johnson is hoping he can provide more of an attacking contribution when Pompey return to League One action next week.

He said: “I saw the far corner open. Andy did really well to pull it back for me and thankfully it’s found the target.

“It was sort of a pass into the net. A few of the lads said that I scuffed the shot, but at least it went in!

"I saw the far corner open. Andy did really well to pull it back for me and thankfully it’s found the target."

Callum Johnson

“I haven’t scored too many in my career to be fair – that’s something I need to add to my game a bit more.

“I’ve got quite a few assists in the past, but if I can also score some in the league, then that will help the team.”

Pompey were looking the more likely side to score a late winner at Ashton Gate until Martin intervened.

Johnson said: “We’re obviously disappointed to go out of the competition, but we gave a decent account of ourselves.

“We’d been three weeks without a game and we have to try to take the positives, while concentrating on the league now.

“I think we deserved extra-time. We’ll watch it back, analyse it and see where we went wrong, but personally I think we went toe-to-toe with them and played some good stuff.

“We want to get into the Championship and if you don’t punish teams at that level, then they’ll get one opportunity and take it.

“That’s exactly what they did against us, but we want to get to where they are and be able to learn from them.”

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