Jonny Howson insists Norwich City will prove their Championship class

Jonny Howson accepts Norwich City's standards have dropped. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Jonny Howson accepts Norwich City's standards have dropped. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson insists Norwich City's squad realise they have let their standards drop.

City's heavy Championship midweek defeat at Middlesbrough prolonged a downward spiral in results that has seen the Canaries win two of their last nine league games.

Howson accepts responsibility for his part in the recent decline but the midfielder is adamant Neil Adams' squad will deliver.

'It is not a case of panic setting in or worrying. We know as players it wasn't good enough on Tuesday night and it is up to us to put things right,' he said. 'You can get carried away on the outside after a heavy defeat, but that is not the case here.

'We are all disappointed but the characters we have in this group means we have the ability to bounce back.

'Whenever there is a defeat it isn't a nice feeling but in the same way you can't get carried away with a win you just have to put it behind you and move on. We have to focus on Nottingham Forest. The staff mentioned in the dressing room the other night straight afterwards that one game does not make us bad players and you have to rmember that.

'As a player even though you are desperately disappointed when you hear something like that it kind of sticks with you and sinks in.'

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Howson admits Adams would be well within his rights to consider changes for the trip to the City Ground after a 4-0 mauling on Teesside.

'Anyone who played the other night can have no problem if the manager shakes things up after a heavy defeat,' he said. 'There are lads waiting there within the squad we have got who can't even make the bench. We back ourselves as one of the best sides in this league but we know in ourselves as a collective group it wasn't good enough on the night.'