Midfielder speaks ahead of the Nottingham Forest gameJONNY Howson wants Norwich City to start showing the adaptability that will help them buck their recent trends in the Sky Bet Championship.
The 26-year-old believes teams come in all shapes and sizes at this level – and that it’s down to the Canaries to assert their authority, whoever the opponent.
Howson was speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s game at Nottingham Forest.
“Each team has their own way of playing. You’ve got to be able to adapt to different styles of play of how teams come up against you,” he outlined.
“I think we feel, regardless of how the other team comes at us, we should be able to deal with it and respond to it. That’s something we’ve got to do.
“With the group that we’ve got and the players we’ve got, we should be able to deal with coming up against certain teams and how they’re going to set up against us.”
Howson insists the players have retained a calm outlook in the wake of Tuesday’s heavy 4-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.
“It is not a case of panic setting in or worrying. We know as players it wasn’t good enough and it is up to us to put things right,” he added.
“You can get carried away on the outside after a heavy defeat, but that is not the case here.
“We are all disappointed but the characters we have in this group means we have the ability to bounce back.”
A knee injury put pay to Howson’s hopes of featuring for City in the early part of the season, but the 26-year-old has started the last four matches and he’s delighted to be back in fold.
“It’s been nice. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, for me with the disappointment of being injured it would be nice to be involved at some stage,” he commented.
“It’s good to have had a few games in a row now under my belt. I feel like I’m getting there again in fitness level, and hopefully the performance picks up as well with that.”