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HOWSON READY FOR HAMMERS

14 September 2012

Jonny Howson looks ahead West Ham

CITY midfielder Jonny Howson has called on his teammates to pick up where they left off when West Ham are the visitors in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The Canaries drew many plaudits for their performance in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur last time out, with Howson’s former Leeds United teammate Robert Snodgrass netted a superb equaliser five minutes from time.

That display followed on from an equally impressive showing in a 1-1 home draw with Queens Park Rangers the previous weekend, and Howson is eager to build on that.

He told Canaries Player: “Performance-wise, we carried on from the QPR game to Spurs, and maybe looking at chances created, we should have won both of those games. 

“But you look at the positives and it was two good performances and it’s certainly encouraging, so we need to keep that consistency.

“Realistically, I’m sure fans from both sides didn’t expect us to get anything at Spurs, and when you’re disappointed not to get something from White Hart Lane, for any team that shows you’ve done something right.”

After an international break which has seen five City stars return form senior international action unscathed, Howson is looking forward to getting back into action himself, but knows West Ham will be a dangerous opponent.

“I think as players you just look forward to the games coming every weekend,” said Howson. “But international breaks are part and parcel of the league now and it’s the same for every team. It’s just something that you have to deal with and get used to.

“West ham have got off to a good start, and they are a team that can mix it up. 

“Under Sam Allardyce, they’re a team that will always be at it and they’ve got some good individual players that we will have to be aware of on Saturday. 

“If we want anything from it, we’re going to have to be right at it too.

“They have got players that can play, they’re not just a physical side. If you look at Mark Noble, he’s not known for his physical attributes, but he’s playing in the centre every week. 

“So they’re a team that can mix it up and it will be a difficult game, as every game in this league is. As players you expect that, and you expect whoever is alongside you to put a shift in, and do the ugly side of it.”

Recently Howson was named by Sky Sports as the quickest player in the Premier League after the opening weekend, but it was something that came as a surprise to the player.

He added: “Someone mentioned that. I don’t know when that was from, but I’ll take it. It’s good to be on top of something!”

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