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Johnson: We need to look forward

The midfielder's glass is half full and he says Rovers need to quickly move on from the opening day defeat

5 August 2019

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Experienced in the second tier, Bradley Johnson knows exactly what the Championship is all about, and he's keen not to dwell on Saturday's opening day defeat.

One result won't make or break a season, but the disappointment was etched on Johnson's face post-match following Rovers' narrow loss to Charlton Athletic at Ewood Park.

The 32-year-old produced a Man of the Match display on his competitive debut for the club, and although the frustration was clear to see, the ex-Derby County and Norwich City man says it's important to move on quickly.

“It’s a long season and I’ve been here many times in my career where I’ve lost on the opening day," the midfielder admitted to iFollow Rovers.

“Everyone’s upset because we want to get off to a good start. But it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish, and we have 45 games remaining.

“There will be results throughout the campaign where we play worse than we did on Saturday and get the three points.

“On other occasions, there will be games where we play better than we did against Charlton and not get the three points.

“We have to concentrate, get back on the training pitch and focus on the next game."

In a week that sees Rovers head to Fulham on Saturday, the match against Charlton will be addressed before all eyes turn to the test at Craven Cottage.

And Johnson sees it as the perfect opportunity to get back on track.

“We’ll watch the game back, reflect on it, pick out the positives and the negatives and then the focus turns to Fulham away," he added.

“That’s the league we’re in. The games come thick and fast, and there’s always the next game just around the corner. We’ll have to get over the opening day and look ahead now.”

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