20:00 19th May 2013
by Ben Mouncer
Midfielder says lack of pressure helped City to famous victory
JONNY Howson believes the level of performance achieved by Norwich City in their remarkable 3-2 win at Manchester City was to some degree down to having the weight of pressure off their shoulders.
The midfielder scored a brilliant solo goal to secure the three points for the Canaries midway through the second-half, and City's performance oozed confidence throughout at the Etihad Stadium.
"Yeah there was maybe a little bit of freedom and we were a bit more relaxed," said the 24-year-old.
"You always go into every game doing the things you would do normally, that's no different, but I think going into this game there was nothing really to play for.
"You're not just turning up and thinking 'oh, we'll do what we want', you still do the right things, but it wasn't the be-all or end-all, the result today."
On his second strike in two games, Howson says the opportunity just opened up for him.
"I got the ball in the middle of the pitch, and my first thought was that I could drive. Their two central midfielders were wide apart so I could run at the back two," he added.
"It just seemed to open up. I had a touch and then another touch - I thought the defenders would take it off me but next thing I'm through on goal!
"I was just thinking of getting a good contact on it and getting across the 'keeper, and the next thing you know it's in the net. On a personal note, it's nice to be on the scoresheet but most importantly of all it's another win for the lads."
Howson believes it bettered his curling shot against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, and says it was the perfect way to round off what he believes to have been a 'very pleasing' campaign.
"Personally I think this week's is better. I'm not saying I'd expect to what I did last week all the time, but I'd find it easier than what I did today," he explained.
"We've achieved what we set out to do at the beginning of the season. Fair play to the lads for finishing like that - it's a tough league.
"It's been an up and down season for everyone involved, but when the manager took over, I'm sure if you said that we'd finish 11th, then everyone would have taken it. It's very pleasing at this moment in time."