Northampton Town's John Johnson to continue as 'leader'

Northampton Town's John Johnson says losing the captaincy does not prevent him from being a leader on the pitch.

The 23-year-old, who joined the Cobblers in July 2010, was Aidy Boothroyd's captain until the arrival of Clarke Carlisle on loan in January.

Johnson told BBC Northampton: "It's been a good thing for the club. Clarke has brought a lot to the team.

"I was a bit fussed but not too fussed. Everyone can talk and help people out, so everyone can play a part."

Johnson has made 73 appearances and scored nine goals for the Cobblers since making the move from Middlesbrough.

"The gaffer pulled me aside and told me the situation [with Carlisle joining the club]," he said.

"Clarke has captained every club he's been at. I'm a young captain and I can learn from that. He's a good leader and good to have around.

"[But] I didn't really feel like the captaincy was a weight on my shoulders. It was just an honour, really. It was a chance to try to impress more and try to help others more.

"I'll just concentrate on my game and the team game. We'll all be trying to get out of this situation we're in at the moment, and I'm sure we will."

Northampton are currently at the foot of the League Two table, but are only one point behind third-from-bottom Hereford, and have two games in hand on them.

The Bulls twice led Gillingham by two goals in their match on Tuesday evening, but their eventual 5-4 defeat ensured the Cobblers stayed within touching distance.

"I was watching the scores and, at one point, it was looking quite bad - but it didn't turn out too badly," added Johnson.

"It's really tight down the bottom and [games in hand] are only good if you can manage to take some points from those games.

"There's a confidence within the group that we can get safe."