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HOWSON: WE HAD TO RESPOND AND WE DID

7 March 2015

Two-goal Jonny Howson lauds comfortable performance at Millwall.

JONNY Howson saluted the character of the Norwich City squad after his brace guided the Canaries to a 4-1 Sky Bet Championship victory at Millwall.

The 26-year-old lashed the away side in front with a stunning first half strike, before notching City's fourth of the afternoon on the hour-mark.

Winning at The Den represented a swift return to form following a midweek defeat to Wigan Athletic, and after the game Howson told Norwich City TV: "We were bitterly disappointed on Wednesday, and knew we had to respond.

"I think we did that, and it's always nice to get on the scoresheet, especially when that first goal breaks the deadlock. We got the second a little bit after, so went in at half-time and said we'd try not to give them any encouragement.

"We upped it at the start of the second half, scored two goals and were fairly comfortable. It's a nice feeling to score when you end up winning the game."



The result saw Alex Neil's side move to within a single point of leaders Bournemouth in an increasingly clustered league table, with ten games of the regular campaign now remaining.

Howson knows City must not get ahead of themselves in the build-up to a crunch meeting with promotion rivals Derby County next weekend however, commenting: "For us, it's about taking it one game at a time because we can only affect ourselves.

"It's going to be very tight; there will be twists and turns until the end of the season. After Wednesday's game I mentioned how at this stage of the season there are going to be upsets and unexpected results.

"The majority of teams are fighting for something, so there are no easy games. In football things can soon change, which we've seen over the years.

"There's always a team that comes right at the end, or one that falls away, so we've done nothing yet. We have to stay focussed."

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