Johnson delighted as pair bring back Pompey confidence
By Site reporter
Friday 24 Apr 2009 23:40:00
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Glen Johnson has hailed Paul Hart and Brian Kidd for bringing back Pompey’s confidence after the reign and depature of Tony Adams hit Fratton Patk badly.

The duo have led the Blues to 13 points in nine games ahead of Monday’s vital visit to Newcastle.

Johnson told Setanta Sports, who will screen the match live: ‘I’ve said before that it’s hard for any team to change one manager during a season, but when there’s three managers it’s obviously hard.

‘But they’ve (Hart and Kidd) both come in and steadied the ship and brought back a bit of confidence in the lads, and we’re getting some right results.’

Johnson also told of his delight that his move to Pompey had resurrected his England career.

‘Every player wants to play at the highest level they can, for as long as they can. For whatever reasons it didn’t work out for me at Chelsea and I don’t regret the move one bit,’ Johnson said.

‘When I made a decision I wanted to leave Chelsea it was to play regular football. By doing that I’ve managed to get back into the England team.

‘I’ve been in all of his [Capello’s] squads so obviously I’m more than happy about that.

‘Like I’ve always said I just want to get the shirt on and get as many caps as I can.’

Johnson also told Setanta of his anger at his recent sending-off at Hull. He saw red for a second booking given when he did not commit a foul, but could not appeal because there is no redress against unjust bookings.

‘It was a completely ridiculous decision, I’d clearly not done anything wrong – everyone in the country could see that,’ said Johnson. ‘And at a time like this I got suspended so I missed a very important game at a very important time. I wanted to get hold of him and just talk to him but I was trying to talk to him throughout the whole game, and he wouldn’t.

‘People keep going on about the respect we have to have for referees, well he didn’t respect me at all on the day – he wouldn’t even talk to me. A lot of refs are like that, they don’t talk to anyone.

‘On the first booking the referee called Sol [Campbell] over, spoken to Sol while I’m standing there and told Sol to talk to me. I said to him: “That’s childish, talk to me. We’re all men, tell me”. Like I said, people go on about the respect campaign but I feel refs should respect the players.’

Pompey have not won a Premier League game without Johnson in the side this season.

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