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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson has backed his old Leeds team-mate Luciano Becchio to respond in the right way after airing his frustrations at his lack of first team action with the Canaries.
Becchio was given a rousing reception from the Carrow Road support when he was introduced late in the 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace just days after going public over his treatment since following Howson south from Elland Road. The Yorkshire-bred midfielder was on the periphery himself last season and understands the downside of having to bide your time.
“I experienced it and you do become frustrated at times because there is no player who just wants to sit on the bench and not be playing,” said Howson. “People show their frustrations in different ways, but at the end of the day we all want the same thing and that is to make the team successful and win games.
“As players you want to be out on that field and making that happen but the reality is there will be lads who don’t get the games they want. That can make you frustrated and unhappy. It’s a case of remembering we are all in this together and when injuries and suspensions come along you can be called on at any time.
“I’ve known Luciano before he came to Norwich when we were together at Leeds and off the pitch he is certainly still the same lad I knew back at Leeds.”
City boss Chris Hughton declared the matter closed in the aftermath of beating the Eagles, but yesterday cited Howson’s revival as the perfect example for any of his fringe men.
“That is what you want. Players have to do their work on the training pitch and take their opportunities. That is always the best way to have an argument,” he said. “When you go on that football pitch and you put a performance on that makes the manager have to make a decision to leave someone out or not that is the best way to answer anything.
“One thing we continually tell the players is to be ready for injuries or a loss of form. They have to be able to grab that opportunity. Jonny is one who did not play regularly last season and he has taken his chance.
“He has been excellent. He has played a lot of games, if I look at my time here, and he is definitely someone who has shown he can play in a few roles. There has never been any doubt about the ability he has. He is a very good footballer and I have used him in different positions across midfield. I think he is very flexible in the way he plays. He is someone who can break forward and who has shown this season he can also get us a goal.”
Howson is sure to be a key part of City’s plans in Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool, where he is likely to come up against one of his role models in Reds’ captain Steven Gerrard.
“Probably over the last five or six years of my career he is one I would look at. You look at the best players in the world in your position and he is one of them,” he said. “They have been very impressive this season, but you saw what Hull did. It shows on any given day these upsets can happen. Hopefully we can do the same, I don’t see why not. Maybe before the game no-one gave Hull a chance and that is not being disrespectful. I never pay too much attention to the game before and it would be tough whatever had happened at Hull. They got the better of us in a big way last season but I can say from a personal note I won’t be thinking about it. Both teams are different.”
• Norwich City’s Under-21s battled back to earn a 1-1 draw last night against Reading’s under-21s at Basingstoke.
Carlton Morris rifled home a 76th minute equaliser for Mark Robson’s squad to cancel out Craig Tanner’s early opener for the Royals. City were full value for the point in their latest Premier League development fixture with Rod Young twice denied by Stuart Moore before Morris’ levelled.