posted on 22 July 2012

Prop forward Paul Johnson was pleased to return to winning ways after victory over the Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Paul Johnson makes the break from which Tim Smith scored the try that broke Huddersfield's remaining resistance.

Johnson played a long spell in the middle of the pitch on a hot summer’s day in West Yorkshire as the Wildcats pack set the platform from which Tim Smith and Paul Sykes controlled the second half and guided the visitors to a 35-14 victory.

It was Johnson’s clean break to set up Tim Smith that broke any remaining Huddersfield Giants resistance as Trinity ultimately romped to a seventh win of the campaign.

Johnson said the Wildcats felt they had the beating of Huddersfield but knew they couldn’t drop their guard even after taking the lead.

“It was a brilliant performance,” said Johnson after the game.

“At half-time we said that we had them on the rack and they were getting tired.  They scored one try in that second half but we played really tough, the boys dug in and it was a really good team performance.

“We got in front and were pretty comfortable.  We knew we couldn’t switch off but we felt we had them there and we killed them off towards the end of the game.

“It’s always good to get the win and especially at a good side like Huddersfield.  We have lost a few but it’s not something we’ve really dwelled on but it’s always good to get two points on the board.”

Johnson has returned to the first team line-up in recent weeks after a spell out of the team and against both Huddersfield and Catalans Dragons the former St. Helens man has played plenty of minutes in trying conditions and characteristically never taken a backward step.

He is looking to continue that form for the remainder of the campaign and had a special word for the Wildcats faithful who roared the team on at the Galpharm Stadium

“I’m pretty pleased because I’ve missed a few and always want to be playing.  I just want to be back on the pitch doing the business and hopefully I can carry on and keep doing what I’m doing.

“The fans were brilliant today.  They really help you out, especially at an away game.  It’s always a big boost when the crowd come in numbers and make noise like that so thanks to them.”

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