Johnson takes Sven plaudits

17 September 2007 09:05
Manchester City's matchwinner Michael Johnson won high praise from manager Sven-Goran Eriksson following the 1-0 victory at home to Aston Villa. The 19-year-old England Under-21 international scored the only goal of the game at Eastlands early in the second half, to move the Citizens up to second place in the Premier League table. Eriksson commented: "He was excellent. You can't say if his speciality is attacking, defending, passing, shooting, he can do all these things. "That's very rare for a young man. How he took the goal, you must be mature to do that. He had one, two defenders coming at him and he was very calm. "He is a very good football player and of course he will get better than that." Meanwhile, the Swede was delighted to see his side get back to winning ways, after losses to Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers in their last two league outings. He told the club's official website: "It was a very good win. It was important for many reasons, three points being the main one, but after Blackburn we had to wait two weeks to ask what was the real Manchester City? "Was it the way we started the season, or the one against Blackburn? We had the answer today. "We fought and we played good football. In the end I think we deserved to win and I'm very happy with the performance and the spirit in the team."

Source: ESA

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