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JONNY HOWSON: AN IMPORTANT THREE POINTS

7 November 2015

A century of City league starts for match-winner

JONNY Howson spoke of his delight after marking the 100th league start of his Norwich City career with the winning goal against Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The midfielder's stooped header from Dieumerci Mbokani's knock-down proved enough secure a 1-0 victory, earning the Canaries their first maximum haul in seven league outings. 

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Howson said: "We'd mentioned how important it was to get something from this match.

"Over the past few weeks we've felt performances have been ok in certain games, but you have to collect points. It didn't matter how we did it, we just knew we had to get a result.

"Swansea are a good team who dominate the majority of their games so we had a similar strategy to last week. Over the course of the 90 minutes we had the better chances, which shows it came off nicely.

"At this level you have to be able to change the way you play for certain opposition, and we did that."

The 27-year-old has been a regular in Alex Neil's XI since the City boss arrived from Hamilton Academical, starting every league match from early February onwards. 

Having netted nine times during last season's promotion campaign, Howson's winner against the Swans marked his first top-flight strike of the current season.

"It was more of a reaction than anything else to be honest," explained the former Leeds United captain.

"We work on set-pieces before the game and I spoke with the goalkeeper coach Dean Kiely, who sets us up for certain things. He gave me a bit of advice on where to go, so massive thanks goes to him.

"I was just in the right place at the right time for the goal."



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