Johnson hopes team can settle score

by Kate Smith

Winger looking to avenge late equaliser.

Adam Johnson is eager for Sunderland to carry on their strong home form when West Ham United visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The winger was in the side that drew at Upton Park earlier this season and is hoping the team can make amends for the late equaliser that cruelly denied Sunderland the win by taking maximum points this weekend.

Martin O’Neill’s side have picked up six points in their last three home games and will be looking to add to that tally when the Hammers travel north.

Johnson believes that after a tough festive schedule Sunderland are ready to start 2013 as they mean to go on by building on their home advantage and taking results from the teams around them in the league.

Johnson said: “The team have picked up over the last few weeks, and there have been some tough games – playing three of the top five clubs.

“The fixtures we’ve got coming up now are with the teams around us in the league and these are the ones we should be going out and winning.”

Johnson started the game with West Ham earlier this season and although he wasn’t on the pitch at the time of Kevin Nolan’s 93rd minute leveller, the winger admitted it was a blow to the team after a hard-fought game.  

“Their late equaliser earlier in the season was tough to take - it was the last kick of the game.” Johnson added.

“The lads were upset about it and it’s important to go out and put that right. However, it’s more important that we get the three points, but of course the win would be all the sweeter after the result down there”

The winger is also targeting adding to his tally of goals and assists as the campaign progresses, he’s currently scored three times this season and created four goals.

“Goals and assists are my game and I’d like to be getting amongst it a bit more, but it’s been difficult for the whole team. 

“Hopefully I can contribute some more and have a hand in the goal that the team do score,” Johnson continued.

“I think the team can take confidence from the second half performance ahead of Saturday’s game, we need to build on our attacking play and put away the chances we create.

“Obviously it’s a different game but it’s going to be another physical test, but one we can hopefully take three points from.”