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Johnno predicted late opportunity

16 December 2013

Saturday's hero Leon Johnson says he always believed Wanderers would get one final chance against Scunthorpe.

Blues looked to be heading to defeat as Deon Burton’s goal and Josh Scowen’s sending off handed the visitors the ascendancy, but Johnson rescued a point in the 96th minute when he headed home Stuart Lewis’ cross in front of the terrace.

“We worked hard during the game and it was nice to pop up with a last-minute equaliser,” said Johnson.

“Going down to 10 men again, it was good character from everyone to stay in the game. We knew we'd get a chance.

“I said to the lads, 'stay in the game, make sure they don't get another one and we'll get a chance'. Thankfully it fell to me.

“It would have been easy to go 1-0 down, down to 10 men and give up, but we kept plugging away, kept working hard, trying to pick up seconds and kept battling.

“It would have been easy to say it's a lucky goal and heads go down, but it's the spirit within the squad - we stuck together, we battled on and got a last-minute goal.

“No one can say we didn't give maximum effort because we did - I'm proud of the lads.”

The goal was Johnson’s first of the season and the 32-year-old revealed that he will be making sure fellow-centre-back Anthony Stewart is reminded about who was on target against the Iron.

He added: “He keeps on going on about his goals and he’s always a threat from set-pieces. As soon as I scored I thought I’d give him a little bit back. I’ll be talking about it for the rest of the week!”

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