Johnson moves from Forest

By Derek DavisChief Football WriterDAVID Johnson (above) signed for Sheffield United last night, ensuring he will not return to Portman Road with Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

By Derek Davis

Chief Football Writer

DAVID Johnson (above) signed for Sheffield United last night, ensuring he will not return to Portman Road with Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

It was highly unlikely Johnson would have figured for Forest anyway after a bust-up with Gary Megson and the arrival of Scott Dobie from Millwall.


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The £10,000 a week striker joined the Blades on loan until the end of the season.

He moved to the City Ground from Ipswich in January 2001 after scoring 55 goals in 131 league appearances for Town. He leaves Forest after another 130 league games, notching 43 goals for them.

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Forest are likely to stick with Dobie and Gareth Taylor as the strike-duo with former Maldon Town and Cambridge City striker Neil Harris on the bench.

Forest's main priority lately has been in defence, where they have kept four successive clean sheets and have made no secret of their game-plan coming to Portman Road.

Central defender Wes Morgan has played a key part in an unbeaten six-game run alongside the experienced Andy Melville under Megson's guidance.

Morgan said: “First and foremost, we have to defend and keep the goals out. It makes it a lot easier for everyone if we can keep clean sheets.

“We have now won two games on the trot for the first time this season, and both were away.

“Saturday is going to be tough at Ipswich but we have shown we can definitely cause an upset.”

Recent signing David Friio from Plymouth is fit again after a calf injury and is likely to replace Paul Evans in midfield.

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