Preston North End midfielder eyes a return to better derby days as he prepares for Blackpool clash
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The 29-year-old is the third longest-serving member of the PNE squad having signed in January 2015.
In that period, North End have had victories over Blackburn, Burnley, Wigan and Bolton – Johnson’s scoring record being decent in those local skirmishes.
Only once has Johnson faced Blackpool, that being the tame 2-0 defeat at Bloomfield Road last autumn.
So his aim is to be on the winning side when the teams meet at Deepdale on Tuesday night. He’s heard plenty about the 2013 win over the Seasiders which pre-dated his arrival and hopes this week’s game is one being talked about for a while to come.
Johnson said: “Recently we have gone away from having a good derby record for whatever reason, whether that be down to different personnel, different manager, whatever it might be.
"We need to get back to stamping our authority down to make it known we are the best team in the area.”
The majority of the North End squad who will be on duty at Deepdale against Blackpool will have had involvement in the reverse fixture five months ago.
So if anything caught them by surprise that day, there is no excuse this time.
Johnson said: “We look forward to any game but this one even more so because of the occasion.
"We’ve suffered a defeat to them this season so it’s all about trying to put things right.
"A lot of the lads have had a taste of the derby now, we’ve all seen what it is all about.
"It’s very different to the Wigan, Blackburn, Bolton games, so we know now what it’s all about.”
North End’s form isn’t great heading into the derby, collecting one point from three away games since beating Bournemouth at home a month ago.
They didn’t score in those three matches either so there’s plenty for the PNE squad and coaching staff to address.
"We’ve had a little dip which does happen to all teams in all divisions,” said Johnson.
"We take full responsibility for that and we’ve got to get back to doing what we know we are capable of.”