International break came at wrong time for Norwich City

Jonny Howson of Norwich looks dejected after his side concede a third goal during the Sky Bet Champi

Jonny Howson of Norwich looks dejected after his side concede a third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at St Andrews, Birmingham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson admits the international break came at the wrong time following the Canaries' humbling at Birmingham City.

City's no-show at St Andrews has felt even more painful due to the fact they knew they would have to wait another two weeks before they could try and rectify their poor performance. Victory at home to Cardiff City next Saturday would prompt a significant mood change and Howson insists he and his team-mates are eager to right the wrongs of their display against Birmingham.

'It is frustrating it's so long now until we play again,' admitted Howson. 'I suppose sometimes it can go for you, certainly in the Championship, where the games come thick and fast. When you have a defeat you want another game as quickly as possible to put it right.

'It is frustrating when you're out there on the pitch as a team and you can't get it going. But throughout my career, sometimes you have games like that and things can change in the blink of an eye. And that happens in football generally.

'The motto is you never give up and you keep working hard, keep doing the things you're doing and hopefully it will change.'

Howson revealed City boss Alex Neil does not have to rant and rave in the dressing room to let his players know when their efforts have not been good enough.

Howson added: 'He tells the truth however you've got on. Sometimes we have won games and it's still not been good enough.'

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'What he said in there on Saturday will stay in there. As an honest bunch like we are, we know in ourselves it was not good enough.'

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