Johnson not angry after being dropped by Sunderland boss Poyet

Adam Johnson has insisted he has no problem with being dropped by Gus Poyet after the manager took over at Sunderland, writes Team Talk.

The England winger was dropped for the first time since joining the club when Poyet started Johnson on the bench against Hull City, but the former Manchester City player is happy to battle for his place. “I spoke to the manager and I was fine with it. I understood,” he said.

You’ve got to respect his decision and I was totally fine with that,” Johnson added. “Maybe it was a kick up the backside, but I didn’t really feel like I needed it!

It was the manager’s decision and I’m back in the team now. I’ve only missed a half of football since I’ve been here so I wasn’t too disappointed.

The Black Cats took all three points off Manchester City at the Stadium of Light and Johnson believes the win against his former club gives Sunderland a fighting chance of climbing out the relegation zone. “Now we’re back in touching distance,” said Johnson.

If we can get another three or four points over the next few games, people won’t be writing us off again. We’re still in a bit of trouble, but it looks a lot better now.

Johnson made the switch from City in 2012, and has made 44 appearances for the club since, scoring five times. But the winger is yet to get any game time for England since leaving the Etihad Stadium.

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