Johnson determined to erase bad FA Cup memories

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Top scorer Simon Johnson is determined to create some positive FA Cup memories ahead of tomorrow’s second round preliminary clash with Farnborough.

Johnson has not enjoyed the best of experiences from the country’s most prestigious cup competition during his time at Priory Lane.

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

The heady days of Oxford United came well before his time and since then he has experienced painful defeats to Barrow and last season’s agonising exit at the hands of an average Hendon side.

Johnson believes this latest crop of players has the ability to beat Farnborough and that it’s high time the fans had something to cheer in the FA Cup.

He said, “I have had quite bad experiences of the FA Cup since joining Borough so I’m hoping we can at least reach the first round.

“Then the hope is to get a big tie and then hopefully play Newcastle - my team - in the third round, that would be nice.”

Of tomorrow’s opponents, he added, “Farnborough seem to be doing well judging from how many games they have played.

“Nobody really knows a lot about them as yet and that’s probably why they are doing so well. But we can beat anyone on our day at the minute so we are quite positive how we approach it.”

Johnson approaches the game in the form of his career. Never known as a prolific scorer in the past, he has excelled in a role played behind the main striker. He has seven goals to his name and certainly plans to add some more.

He said, “I’m really enjoying my football at the moment. I am operating in a new position and playing in a more advanced role. I enjoy it more than right back last season or holding mid sometimes and I feel I have really grown into that position.

“I’m enjoying who I am playing with from the back to the strikers.

“Everyone in our squad is playing well together and everything is going well at the minute.”

Following Darren Baker’s retirement last season, Johnson holds the most number of Borough appearances.

This season his performances have reached a higher level and is a player boss Tommy Widdrington can now rely on.

Widdrington said, “He is deservedly getting a pat on the back at the moment, the only trouble with that is that he is now expected to be scoring goals so he has to keep that up.

“We have found a position that Simon is totally comfortable in.

“He is an intelligent football and he is working well and reaping the rewards from the players who are around him.”