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No repeats for Johnno

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Michael Johnson is determined to put the memories of City's mauling at Stamford Bridge last October to one side when the Blues meet Chelsea tomorrow.

The 20-year-old was part of the City side that lost 6-0 in west London, and even now, over five months on, he still winces at what happened.

"Six-nil was embarrassing - I was embarrassed after the game - but it won't happen this time," he declares.

"It was strange because nobody could see it coming. I think at the time we were third in the league and to get beaten like that, I just don't know how it happened because they only had six chances and we were unlucky.

"We'll have to give them a run for their money, work as hard as we can and hopefully we can get a result. Even a draw would lift our confidence."

Michael takes the positive view that Saturday represents a great chance to get back on the road for a European place, adding:

"We are three or four points off sixth place, which we're trying to get, so I don't think there's any reason to be down.

"We play Portsmouth in a few weeks and that will probably be the biggest game of the season."

Fully fit for Saturday after being forced to sit out last weekend's defeat at Birmingham with a slight knock, Michael also reveals that the players have seen a different side to Sven-Goran Eriksson in the wake of the game at St Andrews.

"We know when he's not happy but he's a really good manager and he tells us when we're good and he tell us when we're bad.

"It's imperative that you do well in every game because if you don't then he can just go out and buy someone else."




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