Johnson to shoulder semi-final pressure

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Manchester City winger Adam Johnson is looking forward to the pressure of the FA Cup semi-final and admits the clash against Manchester United is the biggest game of his career.

The England international marked his return to the team with the opening goal in City's thrashing of Sunderland earlier this month, and is now setting his sights on defeating neighbours United.

With Carlos Tevez ruled out of the game after picking up a hamstring injury, Johnson admits he feels like the go-to man in the City eleven.

“I’ve always liked to have the pressure on me to perform,” Johnson said.

“I like to feel like a lot of people’s hopes are resting on me. It just spurs me on to try to do better and give them what they want. I’m not fazed by that.

“It’s obviously a massive day for myself as well as the team but if I’m not the match-winner, I don’t really care who else is as long as we win.


“It has got to the point where there is that much talk about it that everyone has got involved in it now [Manchester’s City 35-year trophy drought]. You can’t ignore it. All of the lads in the dressing room are so desperate to change that.”

“Going to Wembley for a semi-final against United... this will be the biggest game I’ve been involved in. I don’t really know what to expect," he added.

“I don’t think it’ll have a psychological boost over the long run. If we win, it’ll give us the bragging rights for the fans, but there’ll still be a final to play. We’ll get judged on our league table finishes over the next couple of years. That’s going to be a clearer measure."

Johnson is expected to spearhead a more attack minded City side in recent weeks which saw them demolish Sunderland two weeks ago.

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