No magic Johnson trick behind Sunderland star’s form

Adam Johnson.
Adam Johnson.

ADAM JOHNSON insists there has been no magic reason behind such a dramatic improvement in his Sunderland form.

Johnson has either scored or created a staggering nine of Sunderland’s last 11 goals after again proving to be the Black Cats’ hero in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Southampton.

The 26-year-old had endured a largely forgettable first 18 months at the Stadium of Light after his £10million move from Manchester City, a slump in form which cost the former Middlesbrough man his place in the England squad.

But Johnson, whose second-half equaliser was his seventh goal of the season, says he has simply emerged from a “bad spell”, rather than changing anything in his game.

Johnson told the Echo: “I’m on a nice run of form and I’m delighted with how it’s going.

“I just want to keep getting my head down, working hard and keep helping us to get points. People go through bad spells in their career and good spells.

“I haven’t changed anything at all. Nothing that I’ve been doing in training or anything.

“You’ve just got to keep working hard.

“You don’t turn into a bad player over six months or a year. I’ve come back into form and I’m delighted with that.”

Johnson was one of the few Sunderland players to do himself justice against the Saints after the Black Cats were outplayed for long periods, particularly in a woeful opening half hour.

Yet Sunderland demonstrated the rejuvenated spirit in the squad as they recovered from two goals down to claim a point for the second time in four league outings.

Poyet’s men could even have claimed all three points in the finale, but Johnson admits that the result felt like a victory after such a dramatic comeback.

The winger added: “We’re showing the spirit that we’ve got and it almost feels like a win for us after coming back from 2-0 down and being really poor in the first half hour.

“But to make it 2-1 at the end of the first half was massive for us.

“That totally changed the game.

“Southampton crumbled a bit, their passing wasn’t as crisp, they started giving it away and we capitalised on that.

“I thought Southampton passed it really well in that first half hour – they pressed us really high and we just didn’t get started.

“We looked off the pace and sluggish, but we’ll try to make sure we can sort that out for the next games.

“They had a few chances to kill the game, but football is never over until that whistle goes.

“Even in the last 10-15 minutes, we could have even nicked it.

“We didn’t, but, at 2-0 down, we’d have been delighted with a point.”