Jonny Howson bears no lasting scars from Newcastle rout ahead of WBA visit

Jonny Howson has suffered worst days than Norwich City's 6-2 mauling at Newcastle. Picture by Paul C

Jonny Howson has suffered worst days than Norwich City's 6-2 mauling at Newcastle. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson learned some valuable lessons early in his career to cope with Norwich City's mauling at Newcastle.

The Canaries' midfielder is determined to play his part in a collective response to City's 6-2 reverse on Saturday against West Brom at Carrow Road.

Howson admits the manner of Norwich's collapse stung at St James' Park but it never came close to his worst ever experience on a football pitch as a professional.

'I lost to Histon in the FA Cup one time. That is the one that always sticks in my mind. That is football sometimes. You are on the end of strange results or a hiding and it all is part and parcel,' said Howson, who was in a Leeds side featuring Norwich old boys Robert Snodgrass and Luciano Becchio that lost to the part-timers in 2008. 'I wouldn't say it is easy to shrug something like that off because when you are passionate about something and you care about something then you don't want it to go that way.

'It will have an impact on you but you have to try and put it to the back of your mind. I remember a former coach saying you have to keep the same mentality, whether you win or lose, don't get carried away. You have to react.

'The early part of this week we went through it and then it has been a case of getting back out on the training pitch. We can't do anything else about the Newcastle result. All we can do is affect West Brom. We're at home and we need to give the fans to get right behind us and I know they will be.'

Howson is confident there will be no lasting scars inside the Norwich dressing room to a heavy Premier League defeat on Tyneside.

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'It is not a case of pointing fingers. We win and lose as a team and we have to put it right as a team,' he said. 'Obviously we were disappointed after what happened at Newcastle but we are a strong group. We have been in and out of form, had good and bad results, it is all part of the game. Sometimes it can be disheartening when you are in that situation, but you just have to keep going - that is the bottom line.

'For me, I look at it as you never expect to concede six in a game but the fans are still in the ground, still watching and they would expect you to go to the very end.

'There are many different ways a game of football can unfold. Unfortunately you do get ones where whatever you do it doesn't seem to be happening. Let's be honest, to concede two as quickly as we did in the second half took the stuffing out of us and probably killed the game for them, but you will have other games in your career when it can turn in your favour in five or 10 minutes.'