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JONNY HOWSON: GOOD TO BE BACK

13 February 2015

City midfielder eager to continue winning return

JONNY Howson is relishing being back in the Norwich City side ahead of facing promotion rivals Wolves at Carrow Road tomorrow (3pm).

Having served a three-match ban after being sent off in Alex Neil's first game in charge against Bournemouth last month, the 26-year-old was immediately restored to the Canaries starting line-up for the meetings with Blackpool and Charlton.

The midfielder starred in both matches to fully vindicate his recall, and told the media at Colney Training Centre on Friday: "It's obviously very pleasing when that happens, and I've enjoyed it when I've come back in.

"Up until playing again, I think it was a whole month that I missed. It's like anything else; when you can't do something you want to, it's frustrating.

"It was 1-1 at the time I got sent off, and I was sat in the changing room with everything going through my head. With a new manager, you're the same as everyone in that you want to impress, and I was feeling like I'd let him down."

The former Leeds United academy graduate is now eager to make up for lost time in the heart of midfield as the Canaries continue their push for a return to the Premier League.

City are preparing for a tough run of fixtures against teams in the upper-reaches of the Sky Bet Championship table as they take on that challenge, with Howson commenting: "It's coming down to the final third of the season, and this is where it gets interesting and really matters.

"It's fairly tight between the top eight to ten. If you win two or three on the bounce, or if you lose two or three, your position can change quite a bit.

"The thing is, we can only affect the next game at home tomorrow against Wolves. We can't be thinking of two or three games down the line, and need to get off to a good start to get the crowd right behind us.

"If we can do that, it should set us up nicely for the game, and we can kick on from there."

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Wolves, Saturday February 14, 3pm

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