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Bramble on Johnson goal boost

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by Kate Smith

Defender backing colleague to go from strength to strength.

Titus Bramble believes Adam Johnson's first goal for Sunderland is a timely boost for the winger.

Bramble believes Johnson will go from strength to strength after opening his Sunderland account at Everton last weekend. 

He’s a fantastic player, everybody knows that. I think it’s just a case of confidence and hopefully the goal will be a big boost for him.

- Titus Bramble

The England international clipped home Craig Gardner's cross to open the scoring on Merseyside, although his side went on to lose 2-1.

“The goal will be a massive lift for him,” said Bramble, who was back on the bench at Goodison Park after recovering from an injury.

“You want to come in to a new club and hit the ground running but that wasn’t the case for Johnno because he’s had a couple of injuries so he was playing a bit of catch-up.

“He’s a fantastic player, everybody knows that. I think it’s just a case of confidence and hopefully the goal will be a big boost for him.”

Manager Martin O'Neill felt the first 45 minutes at Goodison Park was Sunderland's best half of the season, something Bramble concurs with.

And the defender says that despite last week's defeat, there's certainly reasons to be optimistic ahead of this weekend's game at Fulham.

“I think you could even say the first hour was one of the best we’ve played for a while,” he explained. “It’s just disappointing that we didn’t hang on for the three points.

“It’s never an easy place to go and Martin Jol’s had them playing some good football. It’ll be a very interesting game. 

“If we approach the game like we did against Everton then I think we can be confident.

“Once we get one win under our belt, we’ll get a few straight away because that’s how much confidence and quality we’ve got in the squad.”