Eurosport - Sat, 19 Jun 10:33:00 2010
Johnson's side were under huge pressure after a dire effort in the first Test, but they responded in superb fashion to secure what was their first win in Australia since their 2003 World Cup final win.
England scored two superb first-half tries through scrum-half Ben Youngs (pictured), making his first start, and wing Chris Ashton, and refused to buckle after the break under increasing Wallabies pressure.
Matt Giteau scored all of Australia's points with two converted tries and a pair of penalties, but he will rue a missed shot on goal from in front of the posts in the 70th minute that would have reclaimed the lead.
England replacement fly-half Jonny Wilkinson was also off target with a straightforward effort two minutes from time having earlier grabbed the lead for England by landing a penalty with his first touch of the game.
Where England had been woeful in Perth, in Sydney they appeared to have a clear game plan and played with a freedom to express themselves.
Johnson will be delighted with the two changes he made to last week's team, with Youngs producing an outstanding effort and Courtney Lawes adding some much needed impetus to their front five.
In the line out, flanker Tom Croft was used to great effect, and while the England pack never quite enjoyed the same superiority from Perth they were again able to exert huge pressure on the Wallabies set piece.
Shontayne Hape also justified keeping his place, and he took on the Wallabies midfield with a number of subtle steps and off-loads that allowed England to maintain the impetus created by the quick ball delivered from Youngs.
Around the fringes, skipper Lewis Moody, Nick Easter and Croft were much more vigilant as they prevented the Wallabies forwards creating the same momentum from the first Test.
But perhaps the most pleasing aspect for Johnson will be the way his players retained their defensive shape when the dangerous Wallabies runners looked set to cut free in the second half.
England wasted little time putting their Perth nightmare behind them and enjoyed a good start to the game when Toby Flood landed a third-minute penalty.
It was soon cancelled out by two Giteau shots on goal before Youngs produced a moment of magic that will live with him for a long time.
Croft won an England line-out on the Wallabies 22 and fed his 20-year-old house-mate, who sprinted through a hole in the Wallabies line-out before rounding Drew Mitchell for a memorable try.
Australia bounced back soon after when Giteau completed a superb backs move involving wing Digby Ioane to go under the posts, but England maintained their up-tempo game when they scored their second try six minutes later.
Youngs was involved again as he fed Tom Palmer around the base of a ruck, and rather than go to ground the lock gave a lovely offload to Ashton, who showed his Premiership class for another impressive score.
England's 15-13 lead disaappeared soon after the break when their defence was caught napping by another lightening Australian attack.
There appeared to be a hint of a Wallabies' knock on, but Quade Cooper moved the ball to the right where James O'Connor and Rob Horne combined well to put Giteau in for his second score.
But England's scrum started to dominate in the second half and Flood landed a penalty from halfway when the Australian front-row infringed to cut the home side's lead to 20-18.
Flood was replaced by Wilkinson three minutes later and his first act of the game was to kick England into the lead after the Australians had again conceded a penalty at the scrum.
That put England 21-20 ahead with a little less than 20 minutes remaining and it looked for all the world that they would go behind in the 70th minute when they were penalised in their 22 metre area.
Giteau had missed a shot on goal from out wide minutes earlier and somehow repeated the act, this time from 20 yards in front of the posts.
England held their never in the closing moments and should have earned a little breathing space on the scoreboard when Croft stole the ball from Will Genia before earning a penalty.
Surprisingly Wilkinson pushed his kick wide, but it proved immaterial as the England forwards ran down the clock for a well-deserved victory.