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Goal hunt for Callum

30 November 2017

Callum Johnson is aiming to add goals to his game after working his way into the starting XI.

The Middlesbrough loan midfielder has had to be patient when he signed up at the end of August but has settled into the side in the last few months.

The 21-year-old is enjoying it and is hoping to help third placed Stanley come out of a mini-blip, where they have won one and lost one of the last four league games, drawing the other two.

"I have enjoyed it from the first day I came here," said Johnson. "It's so different to Under 23 football. This is men's football, it's more physical and there is the pressure of the games where results matter, it's all about winning.

"I hate losing anyway but it's all about making my own progress and helping the team make progress.

"When I first came it was frustrating as I wasn't getting into the side but I understand that that's football. I had to work extra hard to impress in training and take my chance when it came and I have made around 11 first team appearances now."

Johnson is thriving off the pressure of keeping the Reds up in the automatic promotion places and admits they have learnt from the defeats, such as Saturday's loss at Exeter.

"Exeter are a good team but we know if we had played like we can, we would have been 100 per cent confident of beating them. We can play much better than we did and that's the frustrating thing.

"We have had strong opponents the last few weeks and it's about coming through that, learning from the Exeter loss and putting it right in our next game.

"I know I need to chip in with goals as we need goals from all over. I have had a few shots and a few chances and am trying my best. I need to chip in and hopefully it will come soon."

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