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Thursday 16 January Updated Wednesday 18 February

Johnson wants another clean sheet

Roger Johnson wants to take West Ham United's clean sheet tally for the season into double figures when they host Newcastle United on Saturday.

Last weekend's 2-0 victory over Cardiff City provided the Hammers with a ninth Barclays Premier League shutout of the campaign - and goalkeeper Adrian's first in league action.

Newcastle will arrive in E13 having lost their last four fixtures, but Johnson recognises that they possess a formidable attacking threat and says the Londoners will have to be on their game to build on the Cardiff success.

"On the back of our performance last weekend we'll go into the game with a bit of confidence," he explained.

"They have some good attacking players so we can't take them lightly, and it's down to us to nullify that and hopefully keep another clean sheet - then maybe AC [Carroll] can come on for us and get the winner!"

Victory at Johnson's former club Cardiff meant the 30-year-old got off to a winning start on his return to top flight football, eighteen months since he last experienced it with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He continued: "It was massive, personally there's a bit of pressure on me to come in and perform in this league, and there are a few doubters, but it was great to start with a win, and certainly with a clean sheet to back that up as well.

"Onwards and upwards now and we'll be looking to get a few more."

The No28 also had praise for the Hammers' support, after seeing the fans travel in numbers for his first two games at Manchester City and Cardiff.

He added: "The fans have been great - there was a massive following at Man City, and a massive following again at Cardiff. They really got behind us, and I'm pleased we got the win for them as things haven't been going as well as we hoped so far this season.

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