Bradley Johnson senses first Norwich City win

Bradley Johnson and Mikel
Johnson, in his first season in the Premier League, challenges Chelsea's Mikel

Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson believes his side are on the verge of securing their first Premier League victory of the season.

The Canaries held last term's runners-up Chelsea until the 82nd minute at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

But goalkeeper John Ruddy's red card and Frank Lampard's converted penalty spurred the Blues to a 3-1 success.

"It's only a matter of time until the win comes," 24-year-old Johnson told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"We've been tremendous in the three games we've played, we were unlucky last week against Stoke but things happen in football. I'm sure we'll get the win sooner or later."

Paul Lambert's newly promoted side have taken two points from their opening three games, drawing with Wigan and then Stoke, and are next in action when they host West Brom after the international break.

"We're gutted to come away with a 3-1 defeat but we can take a lot of positives from the game," added Johnson, who joined from Leeds in the summer.

"We worked Chelsea very hard in the second half, but it's the Premier League and they took their chances."

Grant Holt, last season's top scorer, notched his first top flight goal at Chelsea, making the most of a mix up between keeper Hilario and defender Branislav Ivanovic.

"It was great to get off the mark, you don't hear people saying 'He hasn't scored here' or anything, now that's out the way," said Holt.

"It would be a lot sweeter to be going home with a point or three but it's a tough league and you get punished, if you don't take your chances you won't win.

"We'll learn from that, we've got a week of internationals now to have a look at things and review what went off."

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