Ruthless victory at Sunderland pleases “very happy” Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson

Sebastian Coates of Sunderland and Jonny Howson of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier Lea

Sebastian Coates of Sunderland and Jonny Howson of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

In the thick of the action for Norwich City at the Stadium of Light was midfielder Jonny Howson, who was pleased to see the Canaries demonstrate a ruthless streak in their 3-1 win over Sunderland.

Howson forced an excellent save from Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, winning the corner from which Russell Martin would eventually open the scoring.

The Yorkshireman said the subsequent victorious performance made for an extremely satisfied dressing room after the final whistle – following the frustration of losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season.

'Very happy,' Howson said. 'We felt last week we'd done quite well but the bottom line is you've got to get results, and that's what we've done.

'We played very well in large parts and got the win, so we're very pleased.

'Obviously it's always nice to get the first points on the board, so it was a happy dressing room.'

The 27-year-old was moved to the left of midfield to accommodate Nathan Redmond's return to the right wing, with Bradley Johnson dropping to the bench.

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Howson adapted well to the switch and was pleased to see Redmond perform well on the other flank, scoring City's third to take his personal tally to five goals in his last six games for Alex Neil's side.

'When you win, it's always good,' Howson said of his change of role. 'You do as the manager asks of you and give it your best.

'Nathan got his goal in the play-off final, two in two this season as well so he's got off to a great start and he's got a very bright future in front of him.

'He's obviously a livewire and very hard to pick up, certainly when he's on his game, his movement, his touches and the end product as well, so an all-round very pleasing performance for him.'