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The winger won a contentious free-kick which resulted in the winning goal during the weekend win against Stoke at Carrow Road, leading to criticism from Tony Pulis

Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson has jumped to the defence of team-mate Robert Snodgrass after the winger was criticised for his part in the Canaries' winning goal at home to Stoke on Saturday.

Scotland international Snodgrass surged down the right wing and went down under the pressure of Stoke left-back Andy Wilkinson before Johnson headed in the resulting free-kick, and Tony Pulis was particularly unhappy with the decision, claiming his defender did not touch the Norwich summer signing.

Johnson, however, is firmly of the belief that Snodgrass is not the type of player to take a fall without contact, insisting the first half free-kick was warranted.

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Speaking to reporters after the match, Johnson said: "Well Snods [Snodgrass] is a tricky winger and if he goes down he's not going to dive, so it was a foul. But I wasn’t that far up the pitch."

Johnson also went on to speak about Norwich's defence with the Canaries already claiming three clean sheets so far this season, their total for the whole of last year. The midfielder does not feel it is a fluke, telling of how Chris Hughton has made defensive discipline a priority.

He continued: "That's one thing we have been working on on the training pitches; stopping conceding so many goals.

"Last year we had a motto of 'you score, we score', but we want to close games out now, so there is less potential we have for the opposition to get a goal.

"The back four [were] terrific today, all the other games we've got clean sheets as well. I think [Michael] Turner has come in and been terrific, and the same with [Sebastien] Bassong.

"We've been working on that hopefully we can get many more clean sheets this year."

The other summer signing who Johnson has been impressed by is Alexander Tettey, and after a slow start following his move from Rennes, he has made the second central midfield position his own.

"He [Tettey] has settled in very well," Johnson added. "He bided his time, but he has taken his chance now. There is a lot of competition in this club.

"[Jonny] Howson and Foxy [David Fox] are unlucky not to be playing at the moment because they are two great players, but when you play for this club there is a lot of competition and everyone plays to keep their shirt of the Saturday.

"Alex has come in and been terrific for us, so it’s hard to drop him."

Steven Whittaker – also purchased during the off-season – spoke after the win as well, revealing how he is delighted to be playing again after an ankle injury that saw him sidelined for over two months.

"No one wants to get injured just after moving to a new club," said the former Rangers man. "But once I got my head around that I concentrated on my rehab and I got the chance to come in against Spurs, to try and do well.

"We won the game, played okay and I held my spot for today. Hopefully now we're picking up some momentum and it is important we pick up points at home."

The versatile defender also spoke about Norwich's targets for the season, and although he admits it would be nice to improve on last season, he says the club are simply looking to secure a third consecutive year in the Premier League.

"I think the whole aim is to stay in the league, obviously," he added. "They had a great finish last year and hopefully we can improve on that.

"We feel we can pick up points here [at Carrow Road], which is a big thing for us, and hopefully we can improve on the road."