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'IT'S IN OUR HANDS' - HOWSON

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13:00 28th April 2013

by Ben Mouncer

Midfielder wants to focus on own results

NORWICH CITY's Premier League fate remains firmly in their own grasp despite yesterday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke City, says midfielder Jonny Howson.

The Canaries slipped to their third away loss on the spin after Charlie Adam's goal just after half-time - a result that leaves Chris Hughton's men six points clear of the relegation spots with three games to go.

With home matches to come against Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, however, Howson thinks they have to focus on the points they can accrue rather than the fortunes of other teams.

"It's in our hands," said Howson when speaking to Canaries Player after the final whistle.

"If you start worrying about what other teams have done, that could be the problem because you're relying on other people. We just need to concentrate on ourselves.

The 24-year-old believes City dealt with Stoke's physicality generally well, but a 'lapse in concentration' ultimately cost them with Adam's goal almost immediately after the break.

"We knew they'd be a little more direct and for the large part of the game we have dealt with it," he added.

"But the moment we didn't do too well, they got the goal. That's what happens at this level.

"We've changed our style of play this season and been a bit more solid and you can see that, but we had a lapse in concentration and that's cost us."

On Stoke's defensive resilience, Howson added: "Maybe it was their plan - once they got in front they made it difficult.

"They got people behind the ball. Give them credit, they work hard and it was difficult to break them down. They had something to hold on to."


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