City midfielder looks for momentumJONNY Howson believes last weekend’s 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic is proof results carry more influence than performances in the Sky Bet Championship.
City recorded their first win for five games at the DW Stadium to keep them in touch with an ever-growing collection of teams vying for a place in the upper reaches of the league table.
The 26-year-old spoke exclusively to canaries.co.uk following a signing session alongside team-mate Josh Murphy at Chapelfield’s Canaries Official store earlier this week, and said: “The most important thing was getting the win.
“It’s funny in a way because we’ve maybe played better in recent weeks and got less from games, but on the back of our results at home it was just about getting a positive result. That’s maybe what we’ve missed this season; grinding out a 1-0 win when we haven’t played to the best of our ability.
“I thought in the first half we played well, then in the second half they came after us a little bit but we dug in and ground the result out by getting the clean sheet. It’s results like that we’ve maybe been missing in recent weeks.”
The 26-year-old’s early strike proved the difference in Greater Manchester, taking his personal tally to three goals in the last four outings in the process.
Such a run of individual form is particularly pleasing for Howson given his enforced absence at the start of the current campaign, and he admitted: “It was frustrating missing the beginning of the season, so first and foremost it’s just nice to be playing regularly at the minute.
“I’m enjoying being back, and would like to think I’m at full fitness. In the last few games I’ve managed to get myself on the score-sheet, but the one at the weekend [against Wigan] has certainly been the most important.
“It’s meant something by getting the win; it’s nice when you personally score, but the main thing is getting the three points for the team.”
Howson knows the Canaries must now capitalise on the result against the Latics when they face Huddersfield Town at Carrow Road this weekend, and said: “It’s going to be a difficult game, as every game in the Championship is, but hopefully we can get the three points.
“I’m always a believer of taking one game at a time, but looking over this next month the Christmas period is a busy time. We’ve got games coming around quite quickly, and if you can get a bit of momentum and confidence in your side it can be very beneficial.
“In the Championship teams over the festive period will suddenly move up or down, which happens every year. We’ll just take it one game at a time, and hopefully it will be a successful festive period."
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