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Well's fox in box is hungry for goals; Danny wants to build on stunning start by taking King Louis's throne.

1 3 DUNDEE M'WELL ALAN MARSHALL AT DENS DEADLY Danny Johnson insists he's Motherwell's "fox in the box" and wants to follow in the footsteps of former Fir Park hero Louis Moult.

The 25-year-old joined from English National League side Gateshead in the summer and has wasted no time in making himself a darling of the support by grabbing four goals.

He saw his popularity rise even further by notching the opener in Saturday's demolition of Dundee before strikes from Gael Bigirimana and Allan Campbell made sure of Well's first Premiership victory this season.

Before moving north in June the ex-Middlesbrough kid had spells with Harrogate Town, Billingham Synthonia, Guisborough Town, Cardiff City, Tranmere Rovers and Stevenage.

But he has taken the step up from the fifth tier of English football to the Scottish top flight in his stride.

Johnson was at it again at the weekend as Genseric Kusunga's costly 56th-minute slip allowed him to do what he does best by cracking a shot past Dundee keeper Jack Hamilton.

And the hitman has vowed to carry on banging in the goals because he believes his predatory instincts will see him poach more than his fair share.

Johnson said: "It's a fantastic start. If someone had asked me if I would have four goals by now - three in three starts - I'd have bitten their hand off.

"It has been a big step up but I've adjusted quickly.

"It was tough the first few weeks finding my feet but then I settled quite quickly.

"When the ball fell to me in the box against Dundee I didn't even look where the goal was. I knew I was just going to spin and get that shot away. Just give me half a chance and that's all I need.

"I've always been a fox in the box. I suppose a few of my goals last season were two-touch finishes but now they seem to be dropping for me first time."

Gaffer Stephen Robinson was gutted when he lost Moult to English Championship outfit Preston back in January but knew he couldn't hang on to the prolific hitman.

After three red-hot seasons for Well in the wake of his move from Wrexham, former Stoke kid Moult was lured back down south in a PS500,000 transfer.

Now Johnson, who also honed his skills in the unfashionable English lower leagues, plans to seize the same chance to impress at Fir Park.

Johnson said: "It's one of the reasons I came here. You look at the goals Moult scored and what he did for the club.

"The gaffer said you can come here, get your chance and you'll score goals as well. If the ball drops to me in the box I know I have a great chance.

"It's all about being in the right place at the right time - and that's something I feel I'm good at."

Dundee are crying out for someone like Johnson to give them a glimmer of hope for the weeks ahead.

Even with new signing Kenny Miller on board they toiled against Well, with only Benjamin Kallman's 71st-minute header to show for their efforts in front of an exasperated home support.

Next up after the international break is a trip to face Rangers at Ibrox and alarm bells must surely be ringing after four defeats on the spin.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 3, 2018
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