Goalkeeper coach helped Jonny Howson poach Norwich City’s crucial goal against Swansea
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Some advice from goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely helped to ensure Jonny Howson was in the ‘right place at the right time’ for Norwich City against Swansea.
Howson’s 70th-minute header from close range, after Dieumerci Mbokani nodded down a Robbie Brady corner at the back post, proved to be the crucial moment at Carrow Road.
“We work on the set-pieces before the game on a Friday and I’ve been doing that role a few times now,” Howson explained, after ending a run of 31 top-flight games without a goal.
“I spoke with Dean (Kiely) the keeper coach, he sets up certain things and we discussed should I should stay in and around the keeper or peel off to the back stick, so he gave me that little bit of advice and it’s worked for the goal. But it was more of just a reaction and right place at the right time for the goal.”
It was the 27-year-old’s second of the season, having also scored in the win at Rotherham in the Capital One Cup earlier in the campaign, and builds on nine goals over the course of last season.
But it was crucial for the Canaries, bringing an end to a run of six Premier League matches without a victory, with the former Leeds United midfielder praising manager Alex Neil for his approach to the encounter.
“He’s obviously very detailed in his work, he leaves no stone unturned but I think strategy-wise we were similar to last week (at Manchester City), maybe conceding that possession, getting men behind the ball,” Howson continued.
“Maybe it was a different formation but the plan was similar to last week, conceding possession, getting men behind the ball and when we do win it back, make it count from there.
“Certainly on this game, I think we had the better chances.”
For more reaction from Howson and his midfield colleague Gary O’Neil, as well as full analysis of City’s victory, see Monday’s Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News.