Midfielder switches focus to second legJONNY Howson was eager to look ahead following Norwich City’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final first leg at Portman Road.
City’s midfielder had put them in front on 41 minutes with a composed finish, only for Paul Anderson’s close-range strike just before the interval to ensure the contest ended all-square.
The Canaries will meet again with their East Anglian rivals at Carrow Road in a week’s time, and after the match Howson told Norwich City TV: “These games are always going to be tight, which shows how much both sets of players want it.
“Each team has performed well over the course of the season which is why we’re in this position. We’re at the halfway point now, and it’s still there for us.
“As much as we were coming here for the win, the most important thing was we didn’t throw it away. It’s all to play for at Carrow Road.
“It’s just down to one game now. Our focus goes on that, and we’ll start preparing to give us the best shot.”
Howson stressed the importance of displaying the right character during the second leg, commenting: “For us, as players, the bottom line is we’ve got to play as we would any other game.
“It can be difficult at times with the atmosphere and the build-up, but you’ve got to play with a cool head as well.
“We’ve got to go about it in the right way. You want to play with passion, but every player in that dressing room will do whatever the manager asks of us.”