Norwich City can follow the lead of Newcastle United and West Ham United, says Jonny Howson

Jonny Howson waves to the traveling support following Norwich City's win at Wigan. Picture by Paul C

Jonny Howson waves to the traveling support following Norwich City's win at Wigan. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City can follow the lead of a few Premier League strugglers – and with it book their own Premier League return.

That's the view of midfielder Jonny Howson, whose goal ensured the Canaries returned to winning ways at Wigan on Saturday – just as their Championship promotion ambitions threatened to unravel completely.

The pressure on manager Neil Adams from supporters was hard to ignore following Carrow Road defeat to Reading, almost a fortnight ago.

'Football is a funny thing at times,' said Howson. 'A classic example is two clubs I saw being talked about recently – Newcastle and West Ham.

'They were obviously in a different situation, but they went on a run of games where they couldn't get a win at different periods – and now look at them.

'So football's funny. It can be going ever so well for you at one stage and not so well on the other hand. But it can change and it proves it's not always best to have knee-jerk reactions and react to certain things, and instead stick with them. It's certainly worked for them.'

Long-serving boss Sam Allardyce has turned West Ham around from their season of turmoil last term, with their best start to a Premier League campaign.

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The Hammers currently sit fourth in the top flight – although arguably the recent turnaround for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been even more impressive.

Pardew was under severe pressure to quit St James' Park in the autumn, with the Magpies winless from their opening seven Premier League games and only the newly promoted duo of Queens Park Rangers and Burnley keeping them off the foot of the table.

Newcastle now sit just four points behind the top four, following a run of six wins in eight games.

City host Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road on Saturday, looking for only their fourth win in 11 home Championship games.

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