Jonny Howson is ready to put himself in the line of fire for Norwich City

Jonny Howson is not dwelling on his missed chance in Norwich City's 1-0 Championship defeat to Middl

Jonny Howson is not dwelling on his missed chance in Norwich City's 1-0 Championship defeat to Middlesbrough at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson is ready to put himself in the firing line again in Norwich City's pursuit of Championship promotion.

The attacking midfielder admittted yesterday he had endured an uncomfortable few days after missing arguably the Canaries' best chance in a 1-0 home defeat to rivals Middlesbrough last week.

Howson planted a close range header wide at Carrow Road, but the 26-year-old will not be found wanting at Rotherham on Saturday.

'Of course you think about it,' he said. 'For me, personally, it was a feeling of disappointment when I am stood in the six-yard box watching the ball go the other past the post and thinking, 'How have I missed that?' I remember when I was younger a coach said to me you start worrying when you don't get the chances.

'The best players in the world miss chances so you have to respond. That is the way I look at it. You don't mean to put it wide, you have to keep getting yourself in those positions.


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'That is gone now. We analysed it, like we do every game, and you take the bits out of it you need to and move on and this week has been very good.'

Howson echoed his manager's mantra there had been no talk of an play-off push inside the City dressing room despite Norwich go into today's final scheduled away league fixture needing favours from their promotion rivals.

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'You can understand from the outside people may look at that but certainly not from the inside. The way football is anything can happen,' he said. 'We have to believe we can finish in the top two. If we slip up and others around us slip up how much of a kick in the teeth would that be? We've always looked at it that you have to take care of yourself.

'Everyone is winning at the moment it seems, but things happen unexpectedly in football. Our focus is on Rotherham and we have to give ourselves the best chance to capitalise on any slip ups.'

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