Johnson prepared to bide time at Everton

Andrew Johnson is ready to play a game of patience as he waits to be handed a first team recall.

The striker marked his first appearance since October 7 with a goal in Saturday's 7-1 drubbing of Sunderland, six minutes after coming on for Ayegbeni Yakubu.

But the Nigerian international's recent form, coupled with David Moyes' preference to play with a lone striker, means Johnson is going to have to bide his time before he can reclaim his place in the starting line-up.

"We have got healthy competition here," Johnson told the Liverpool Echo. "We are working hard and the lads who aren't playing are geeing everyone up.

"I could be up in the stands next week as there is squad rotation and we all accept that.

"All the forwards are scoring. Faddy has done well, Vaughany came on and got his goal against Birmingham, Victor has done well in Europe and Yak is up and running now.

"It's obviously a good position for the manager to be in.

"We have a very professional squad. You have just got to keep your mind right and your chance will come. Everyone is just focused on working hard and keeping this good run going."

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