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Big response is Norwich City’s only option now

08:38 18 January 2016

Jonny Howson of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
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16/01/2016

Jonny Howson of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 16/01/2016

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Jonny Howson is one of football’s good guys. He was captain during his time at Leeds for a reason and even on days like Saturday, you could see why.

Jonny Howson of Norwich and Simon Francis of Bournemouth in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267
16/01/2016Jonny Howson of Norwich and Simon Francis of Bournemouth in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 16/01/2016

The midfielder covered his ground as he usually does, worked hard, and on a day of wretched performances his was among the better.

He also tends to be a man who will step forward after a game, no matter what the result – an unenviable position to be in, off the back of a performance like the one witnessed at Dean Court on Saturday.

But Howson made sure a few key themes were addressed – such as how bad the performances was, the importance of what happens next, plus the dressing room reaction. After an afternoon where City did not excel at positive body language, they can ill-afford to produce similar in more concealed situations.

“There were a few words said in the dressing room,” acknowledged Howson. “I always think when emotions are running high and you’ve got that disappointment – and sometimes it’s not easy for some of the characters – but you want to just settle down and go through it on Monday morning.

“There’s a bit of both really – talking and quite quiet. Everyone reacts in their own way. But however you react to it, you can’t affect it now.”

Howson was noncommittal over whether Saturday’s outing was worse than the likes of Watford and Newcastle this season – perhaps it’s a question for others to answer. But what could not be ignored was the fact Norwich knew how important a positive result would be at Bournemouth – a side promoted alongside them last season and fighting for survival with them this.

“It does hurt more because this is somewhere we should be competing,” said Howson.

“But these things do happen – especially when you don’t turn up at this level, irrespective of whether they are at the bottom end or top end.

“Sometimes it’s gone in our favour where we’ve picked up results against teams on paper you’re maybe not expected to.

“Sometimes it’s not about if you get knocked down, but if you can get up and react from it. And I think the disappointments we have had this season, we’ve always reacted from that – and we’re going to have to do that again come next Saturday.

“Obviously we’re very disappointed in there. It’s a bad day at the office for us. Bournemouth deserved to win and it’s hard to take when you play the teams around us and you want to take points. But we didn’t turn up.”

So from a run of three wins in four, Norwich have now lost three successive matches in all competitions and the momentum that was flowing through City over the new year period has gone. That will involve a small rebuilding job in itself over the coming week, ahead of Liverpool’s Carrow Road visit and Tottenham’s turn 10 days later.

Howson added: “I don’t think we ever properly got going to the standards we’ve set over the past few weeks. But I don’t think we’ve undone any of our previous good work. Obviously we haven’t hit the standards we know we can set.

“We need to get back to that as soon as possible.

“It is a tough run coming up but there are no easy games in the Premier League.

“You only have to look a few weeks back and going to Old Trafford, and maybe going into those games and not expecting to get anything.

“But that’s football and if everyone is at it, you can pick up results. So we’ve got to dust ourselves down, try to put it right and hopefully pick up something against Liverpool.”

3 comments

  • The phrase "a bad day at the office" seems to be very common now from AN. Just why is this? . . . The worrying thing I find when I manage to see the unedited displays that NC seem to produce (coincidence?) is that the team just doesn't look like a team. It often looks like 11 individuals where sometimes 3 or 4 might play together for a few passes. The team is lacking in individual skilful players, yet the manager plays a style which requires more talented players to make successful, he has changed to a game plan of don't worry about possession as we can stop them scoring (joke isn't it) and go and score on a counter attack . . . really?, the skill set and quality isn't there. I suspect that the possible signings will divert scrutiny from the basic flaws in the team (they aren't good enough) and no doubt a famous win or 2 will result between now and May. . . Poor teams have gone down in the past, fighting to the last, this NC side doesn't strike me as one who will - they seem to want to go with a whimper and a whine. Perhaps AN should be signing a decent coach as well as at least another 3 players - oh and playing them - what 2 games and no Pinto . . . ??

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    manbythesea

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • The problem is Bogaz, that every time AN changes the team poor old JH has to play in another position. Put him where he excels and you will get the best from him.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  • I agree with Mr Bailey in that I felt JH was a future City captain as he does lead from the front and comes up with unexpected goals. However he does fade from time to time. Maybe because he is in a sub standard team. Historically we always bounce back after a poor game so watch out Liverpool ( unbelievable they played Man U without a CF yesterday). We got a point away so let's make it three and upset Mr Klopp even more!

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    Bogaz John

    Monday, January 18, 2016

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