Norwich City’s Jonny Howson ready to fight for his Premier League place

Jonny Howson knows he must maintain his performance levels to stay in the City starting line-up. Pic

Jonny Howson knows he must maintain his performance levels to stay in the City starting line-up. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson knows the price for letting his standards drop in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old admits competition to stay in Chris Hughton's starting line up is fierce as he bids to build on the best period of his Canaries' career since moving from Leeds in January 2012. Howson played the full 90 minutes in the opening day 2-2 draw against Everton following a strong end to the previous campaign, but the Yorkshireman has learned to take nothing for granted ahead of this weekend's trip to newly-promoted Hull.

'When you first come into this league you are a little unsure of it,' he said. 'You are going up against better players and that is the one thing I have certainly learned from last season. Every single game throws up something different and every time you play in the Premier League it is a tough ask. Whether you are at home or away it doesn't really matter and you learn from those experiences. Hopefully I am stronger from having gone through my first full season, but I think you approach every season looking to give it your best shot. Nothing changes from that aspect and I hope my best is good enough, but I think possibly it does make a difference having had those personal experiences of last season under my belt.'

Howson accepts his chances of becoming an ever-present hinge on maintaining the consistency of his impressive finish to last season where he was a key goalscoring figure in back-to-back Premier League wins over WBA and Manchester City.

'Getting forward is one of my main strengths. It is maybe my natural game, as I grew up as a striker really as I progressed through youth sides and into the reserves at Leeds, but you have to learn you adapt your game,' he said.

'You ask any player, they just want to be out on the pitch. I think maybe that period was the highest level I had reached so far in my career.

'You know in yourself when you are doing well and when you are not. The major factor for me was getting a run of games and getting established in the side.

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'To be playing every weekend is a major confidence booster.

'You want to play to the best of your ability every time but that is just not always possible and when that happens it is how you react.'