Norwich City new-boy Jonny Howson believes the Canaries can reap the benefits of his enforced injury lay-off over the Premier League run-in.

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The 23-year-old made his senior debut in Saturday’s defeat at Stoke after a frustrating spell on the sidelines with a knee problem either side of his January transfer switch from Leeds. Howson has had plenty of time to study the secrets of City’s top flight success and aims to play a full part in the club’s seasonal finale.

“I can’t believe there are only 11 or 12 games to go, because for me it feels like we’re in the middle of the season, in a way,” he said. “It does feel a little bit like pre-season, but it’s just one of those things. It is part and parcel and I’m sure it may not be the last time I’m injured.

“I had an idea before I came here of the type of team they were, but I’ve got to know them a bit more since. They are a good bunch of lads, a good management team and even after the first few days down here I realised how much the team spirit and the work ethic stood out, first and foremost. They’ve all got the ability, for how well they’ve done this season, but in every game and every day on the training ground you can see it’s always about maintaining high standards.”

Howson’s 75-minute outing at the Britannia was his first-ever taste of Premier League football.

“From what I’ve seen and even from my little experience of playing Premier League teams, they just seem to have that bit more quality,” he said. “If they get chances, they seem to put them away, especially at each end of the pitch, in each box, it just picks up the speed that much quicker, whether you’re defending or attacking. The ball moves that bit quicker, they find those tighter gaps and when chances are there, nine times out of 10 the top players put them away.

“Every game is a tough game, it’s a different challenge each week as well. The higher up you go, teams can mix it up at different stages and you’ve got to be ready for that and ready for the different aspects of their game.”

Howson’s immediate priority remains forcing his way into a congested midfield over the closing weeks, but he also harbours longer term international ambitions. The ex-England U21 starlet is convinced sustained success at Carrow Road can only help the likes of John Ruddy and Grant Holt force their way into the picture.

“I think for every professional to play for your country would be a great honour and an ambition. I’m no different to that. But it’s something I’ve not thought about,” he said. “At this minute in time it’s just a case of keeping my fitness levels up in training, working hard, and just see where it goes.”

“My main focus is on Norwich City.

“I read a stat about him (Holt) and Danny Graham being the two highest scorers that are uncapped so, yes, I think he was a bit unfortunate not to get a friendly call-up. He’s had a terrific season, especially with the goals and the performances. He’s one of the experienced lads and I’ve seen that you need people like that in dressing rooms. I’ve never been part of that England set-up so you’re not too sure if they’ve got many players like, but I’m sure it wouldn’t go amiss having someone like that around.”

21 comments

  • This is the best all round squad we've ever had, and Lambo has them organised as an integeral squad not a first team and then a reserve team. All players are involved in the leadup to every game so we're not a one trick pony. With this kind of setup we're not going to fall apart after we lose a game or two so don't get too nervous lads.

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    cutty

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • Despite being patronised.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • Everyone keep saying Wigan is a game we should win, and I agree. But in a way it makes me more nervous because nothing is guarantee in football, I just hope the players don't think it's a game they'll win easy and not turn up.

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    ImDrunky

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • As I work in a German-American environment, it is "theater". The spelling of "theatre" is one of the few things that the Brits and the Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys agree on.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • He's already loving it, our club and Holt...exactly what I want to see. You wouldn't believe we'd lost 3 on the bounce the way the players are talking. I'm loving this, and anything above 15th is mega!

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • I meant "politicians". I must have eaten some of my keyboard before I realised it wasn`t a giant bar of chocolate that Swiss sent me! Oh and I should have mentioned The Crab in the fave list!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • Dubai, 1-0 will do. Wigan will be a real test. As will Wolves later on. Just want to see this project go another lap. But I`d dearly love to see your dream materialise! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • Hopefully we will get on top early against Wigan, force the pace, get an early goal and go in 2-0 up at half time. From there we should push on to win by 3,4,5 in the second half. Such a result would be a huge confidence booster and probably see up powerfully through the last third of the season. Go for it early OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • Oh that! I thought it was a big bar of Swiss chocolate. Probably why I didn`t worry too much about how awful it tasted!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • You're right SC all our guys do sound the same in interviews. They actually put proper sentences together and sound as though they really do enjoy each other's company. You never hear that from Chelsea's lot do you? My Leeds mate tells me JH is some player and we;re lucky to have him. Well done PL for getting him here.

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    Bogaz John

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • I agree it is a worry, but then I am a worrier. Lambo makes it very clear in every interview that in his opinion there are no easy games in the Premier League (The Championship or League One for that matter) so I am hoping that is the message he is giving to the squad.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • It's possible, the 100% recyclable, organic chocolate keyboard. A must-have item for the politically-correct writer. The only probelm is that it melts when you drop hot coffee on it. Very little discussion of the Wigan game. I'm looking out for 38 points and the goal difference down to -2.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • Brew, so much better to see you commenting here than on lost Birthday cards!! I think PL has taken a leaf from Wenger's book and gone for 'intelligent' players, which is always good as they listen, learn and become adaptable. Just hope we do score early on Sunday, as 0-0 (or worse at half time) would make the Theatre of Aspirations horibly quiet.

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    Soglio Star

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • It`s a pity they don`t make similar keyboards in Belgium, I quite like their chocolate. Perhaps my ethering burden would be lightened by an Aero keyboard? Anyway, as you say, Wigan. We SHOULD win. If we do we ought to be all-but safe, barring a bad miracle. I remember 25+ years back when Norwich were 8 points clear of Coventry, who were in the relegation spot. City had played all their games, while Coventry had 3 left, for some reason. They won all 3 including v Everton who were Champions! :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • Brewer, haven't they sent you the special keyboard that you have to use yet?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • All in favour of harmony. As long as it is not purely formulaic and totally platitudinous. And is genuine. Neutrality is not a British trait! Elsewhere in Europe, maybe? We aren`t bogus, Bogaz! Are you? Chocolate fireguards and cuckoos were invented in a tax haven north of Italy. You don`t really want everybody to sound the same do you? Could fuel a Joey Barton style counter-revolution if we were to neuter our young bloods for the sake of media blandness. Hancock would be so very disappointed. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear...etc. OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • He has clearly studied the form on how our players talk in an interview and what's more it sounds genuine. The lad will go far.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • SogStar, I occasionally "cross-over" into the general news charts if I see something suitably goonish to "have a Giraffe abaat"! I get ethered far more frequently (really!) than I do on the footy boards. Specially if I have a dig at local policians and businessmen (same thing), the police or Archant`s geographically-challenged scribblers. What I really enjoy, though, is the footy stuff & the banter with the likes of your good self, Swiss, Timbo, InDrunky, Bogaz and all the other non-Troll contributors. Agree with your comment on intelligence in players. I think many of ours have "future outside of playing" stamped on them. One or two potential good managers maybe? Is it "Theater" rather than "theatre"? I hadn`t realised either. Now, the "Theatre of the Absurd", that`s spot-on for 1p5wich! Beckettesque. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 9, 2012

  • ethered twice. Enjoy your platitudes, children.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • The Theater of Aspirations, LOL

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • It was following that situation that they changed the rules to have all the last games kick off and finish at the same time.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

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