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READ | We’re in a good place – Viktor

27 January 2023

Club News

READ | We’re in a good place – Viktor

27 January 2023

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Rotherham United goalkeeper Viktor Johansson hailed the team’s togetherness following two impressive results against promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers and Watford.

Having seen a dip in results after returning from the World Cup break, the Millers triumphed 4-0 against Rovers at AESSEAL New York Stadium before picking up an impressive result on the road against the Hornets.

Johansson stressed that the team have set high standards for themselves throughout the course of the season and even after making a string of strong saves in both fixtures, he admitted he was disappointed to have not kept successive clean sheets.

“I’ve never doubted the spirit we have in this team and I knew it was only a matter of time until our luck turned," Johansson told 

“This has always been a good place to be, I think we just needed the rub of the green. In our last two games we’ve gone up against two good sides and we’ve had positive results in both, which gives us all confidence."

Viktor Johansson

“It is a good group here, everyone works hard for each other and we have each other’s backs. That is how I knew it was only a matter of time until our luck changed.

“We were disappointed not to get all three points against Watford, which shows just how good of a place we’re in as a team right now.

“We’re always holding ourselves to high standards and that is why I was disappointed with the goal we conceded, because even though it took a  bobble, I thought I could’ve saved it.

“Again though, I feel like that shows where we are as a team right now, we’ve gone toe-to-toe with two good teams and feel like we should’ve had more points.”

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Five new faces have arrived in South Yorkshire during the January transfer window, with Sean Morrison, Leo Hjelde and Tariqe Fosu already playing their part in recent results, with Jordan Hugill and Conor Coventry in contention to feature in next Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Untied.

Johansson has been left exciting by the new additions to the squad and feels it will only help the team towards achieving their goals.

“It has been brilliant to see some new faces in camp, we’re a very welcoming group here and I feel like that has helped the new lads settle in straight away.

“It’s always good to see new faces in the building, they can bring something new to the team, which is of course a positive. We’re all looking forward to see how they get on and that is something which excites us for the rest of the season."

Viktor Johansson

With no games this weekend, Johansson and the rest of the squad will be benefitting from a well-earned break from action and he feels it will be good to get some down time before attentions turn to a big game next Saturday.

“Personally, I would’ve liked to have had another game on Saturday, but that’s now out of our hands.

“Having said that, it will be good to spend a weekend away to charge the batteries. I’m going back to Sweden this weekend to see my grandparents, which I’m really looking forward to.

“The fixture schedule is obviously so constant and when you do get a brief pause in the calendar, you have to make the most of it.

“This will give us all the opportunity to reset and come back fresh ahead of a big game against Sheffield United.”

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