Norwich City will shake off ‘weird’ feeling of defeat ahead of Wigan clash

Simeon Jackson looks on as Aston Villa celebrate Andreas Weimann schoring their third goal on Tuesday evening at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Simeon Jackson looks on as Aston Villa celebrate Andreas Weimann schoring their third goal on Tuesday evening at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, December 13, 2012
10:18 AM

Jonny Howson admits it is almost an alien feeling for the Norwich City dressing room to taste defeat – but it will be business as usual in terms of continuing their Premier League form.

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The Canaries will be hoping their League Cup exit to Aston Villa doesn't impact their Premier League form, which saw them pick up a terrific win in Swansea last time out. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe Canaries will be hoping their League Cup exit to Aston Villa doesn't impact their Premier League form, which saw them pick up a terrific win in Swansea last time out. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

There was no doubt Tuesday ’s 4-1 Capital One League Cup quarter-final to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa was a painful one for the majority of those inside Carrow Road.

It was the Canaries’ first taste of defeat since October 6 and another 4-1 loss, to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League 11 games ago.

And while their cup upset will hurt, Norwich’s big task now is to protect their excellent nine-game unbeaten run in the top flight when Wigan visit Carrow Road on Saturday.

“Yes it possibly is a weird feeling, but it’s just the same as any other time that you have been beaten,” said Howson. “It’s never nice, even more so on your own patch, but it’s part of the game and you have got to learn how to deal with this and then to move on.

“It’s been a terrific run and hopefully we can keep the league form going, and as professional footballers you always know when there are certain things you could have done better on the night.

“It was one of those nights when it could have gone either way and we will get back on the training ground and move on. It’s part and parcel of the game.”

City’s current run has been built on their defensive resolve – something that showed signs of weakening despite a marvellous 4-3 victory in Swansea at the weekend.

Another four goals conceded to Villa, who have not been prolific in front of goal so far this term, may cause a few nerves among supporters – but Howson is not unduly worried.

“I wouldn’t say it’s worry,” said Howson. “It has been a terrific run that we have been on, and the majority of it has been built on a defensive record. It’s only two games where that has slipped and we won one of those games.

“But yes, I think when you come up against good sides, if you switch off for a few seconds they can punish you and we saw that against Villa.

“But it’s a good group here and I’m sure we will bounce back after a disappointing defeat.”

While defeat was a disappointment on Tuesday as Wes Hoolahan and Alex Tettey missed their second games through minor injuries, on a personal note Howson has been able to enjoy a return to the Canaries’ starting XI for the games with Swansea and Villa – having had to make to with a place on the bench since the Chelsea loss.

“I could have few complaints about not playing because we were on an unbeaten run and everyone playing was doing very well,” admitted Howson.

“But these last two games it’s been nice to get back out there playing and we will see what happens from here.”

13 comments

  • Villa are hardly a good side Mr Howson. The league table tells no lies - the only thing that currently keeps them out of the relegation zone is their goal difference. Nonetheless, let them have their glory in the League Cup......they still have to come back here next May. I'm licking my lips already at the prospect of City being the team to send them down. OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Hopefully returns by Turner, Garrido, and Tettey can help restore the defensive form and get us a clean sheet against Wigan.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Will Villa really go down? I for one doubt it (although would be very be happy to see it). We should know better than most not to bet against PL. I'm sure he as all will have their January targets. A couple of pivotal signings for any of the bottom dozen will make all the difference. I have praising the relative depth of our squad this season but it wasn't totally evident Tuesday although but for a couple of near misses and great saves at the start of the second half, could have been so different. Very, very disappointed, especially having travelled from Brussels for the game. Now that was a long drive home yesterday!

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    Barry Rasberry

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Agree with Singapore, hip injuries can be really tricky.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • I agree on the Bunn comments but with the way Celtic are doing in Europe at the moment and the fact he was in the last england squad I would say we would need to pay out a good sum in both trnasfer fee and wages for Foster, much as I would like to see him back. The need for a Bunn replacement only holds water if we lose Ruddy and we haven't done that yet! I did not see the match as it was not televised over here but from all the comments it seems as if the defence and to a degree the team had a "bad one" against Villa, personally if I had choice I would take the three points at Wigan than the win against Villa in the cup - that is if we could not have both. I hope we are back to normal service on Saturday. Whittaker's injury raise a concern for Saturday. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • While I agree Villa was a very dissapointing result. Sometimes things go for you. We have had that of late. We had two goals at Swansea just inside the post. Two long shots from Villa the same. Also the ball goes through a Villa players legs before another slides it home. These things happen sometimes it goes for you and Villa certainly had that. I do agree though we looked a tired lot. Shame. OTBC

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    sharky

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • The rumour about Wenger chasing Ruddy has legs. bunn is OK as a stand in....but no replacement for Ruddy. I wonder if Fraser Forster fancies coming south. Rob Green wont want to go back to sitting on the QPR bench, either!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Might need a new keeper come January too if Bunny doesn't cut it.. I've heard a couple of rumours that Arsenal are thinking offering us £8m-£10m for Ruddy...

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    Eddie

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Will Villa really go down? I for one doubt it (although would be very be happy to see it). We should know better than most not to bet against PL. I'm sure he as all will have their January targets. A couple of pivotal signings for any of the bottom dozen will make all the difference. I have praising the relative depth of our squad this season but it wasn't totally evident Tuesday although but for a couple of near misses and great saves at the start of the second half, could have been so different. Very, very disappointed, especially having travelled from Brussels for the game. Now that was a long drive home yesterday!

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    Barry Rasberry

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • As for the "weird" feeling Mr Howson.....I bet you didn't feel half as weird as me after spending over 90 minutes watching your amazing ability to pass the ball nowhere near to its intended recipient. Oh well, hopefully Hoolihan and Tettey will be back for Saturday.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • The rumour about Wenger chasing Ruddy has legs. bunn is OK as a stand in....but no replacement for Ruddy. I wonder if Fraser Forster fancies coming south. Rob Green wont want to go back to sitting on the QPR bench, either!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • A third holding midfielder may be needed next window because Howson doesn't impress much in that role. He tries, but that's not enough. He's definitely more suited to backing up Wes. If Fox isn't going to get a go, then bring in someone who can back up Tettey and Johnson - especially in defensive duty.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Whose betting Villa are the next team to win the league cup and go down? They only beat us due to an unfit defensive line up in Barnett and Tierney. Villa are woeful and Lambert is deluding himself about the ability they have once more. It's all rather funny, and I can't wait for him getting the boot...which he will. Paul Lambert, it could have been you!

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    JimBob

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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