‘Don’t believe the hype’ warns Norwich City’s Jonny Howson

07:30 08 November 2014

Jonny Howson wants to prove Norwich City have the best squad in the Championship. 
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Jonny Howson wants to prove Norwich City have the best squad in the Championship. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Jonny Howson is adamant Norwich City’s players do not buy into the hype touting them as the best squad in the Championship.

City’s recent top flight pedigree combined with a summer transfer makeover that saw them add to a core of Premier League operators has earned them generous praise from a host of second tier rivals.

Norwich head to Nottingham Forest on Saturday aiming to bounce back from a Middlesbrough mauling and Howson accepts it is down to Neil Adams’ troops to justify that billing.

“People can say we have the best squad in this league but there is only one way to prove that and that’s on the pitch,” he said. “If we are promoted and sat at the top of the league come the end then we can come out and say we had the best squad.

“If you put the Middlesbrough game to one side, it has just been small things that needed to change. We have dominated and slipped up when we could have won the majority of the recent games by two or three. No matter what club you are at you should have that expectancy and the desire to want to play well and win games; regardless of the size of the club or the pressure from the outside. That should come from within.”

Howson rejects the theory Norwich’s early season surge convinced the majority of their opponents they must blunt City’s attacking philosophy rather than take the Canaries on at their own game. Norwich were undone again on Teesside by a team happy to concede territory and possession before probing for weaknesses on the counter.

“Each team has a different way of playing and you have to be able to adapt to different styles and how teams approach us,” he said. “Whatever the opponent comes at us with we feel should be able to deal with it and respond to that. We are one of the strongest teams in the league, so maybe they do look at us in a certain way, but the group we have here should be able to deal with that.”

Howson revealed he has fond memories of the City Ground.

“I scored my last goal for Leeds there so hopefully that is a nice omen. We won 4-1 that night so I would certainly take that result again,” he said. “They have not had a great time of it as well recently. If we can score an early goal that puts them under pressure. In this league things can change very quickly. We have to be right at it from the start.”

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  • PS: I`m soo glad I didn`t believe the hype. So - Neil will have to try something new. No rueing. No being adamant, Adams. Get a bit of exuberance back in the squad. They look like a bunch of unhappy schoolboys who don`t much like games lessons, specially when it`s cold and wet. They`ll start writing sicknotes `from` their mums soon... Perhaps City needs a "new Jack Adams"? - The late lamented Sports Tyrant of the Hewett School.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • CWest, Yeah - but we were relegated!! Not having a `go` at you. Despite our random disagreements, I believe we rarely disagree on footy matters. Likewise with TK and me; we differed on the merits & demerits of Robert, but on little else.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • What are you on about? 75% of these players WERE our premiership squad.

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    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • I feel 75% of the squad know they would not be used in the Premiership if they get promoted, so why bust a gut week in and week out

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    Colby Army!

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Well said Brew, without doubt just like all our previous opponents, Forrest will have worked on a game plan to beat us and of late too many teams have achieved their aim. Our all out attack from the off is not always the answer, even for an attack minded team, keeping a clean sheet is just as important as scoring and we do not need to entertain their fans. Most travelling supporters expect their team to play it tight and hope for a break away goal. Charlton fans for example, will have been over the moon when they left Carrow Road as they had something to crow about. We have a large and relatively good squad but it needs driving in the right direction.

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    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Most of us don`t believe the hype, Jonny. I like that bit in Padster`s piece: "happy to concede territory and possession before probing for weaknesses on the counter". Not a lot of `probing` necessary. Neil`s ability\will to address the glaring weaknesses at the back will be the acid test of his tenure. Perhaps, some day, he might care to give us a clue as to what is wrong with his 3 (THREE) seemingly unwanted centre-back recruits?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

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