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13 January 2016

Goalscorer takes positives from Potters defeat

NORWICH City’s Jonny Howson urged his side to look forward after they were beaten 3-1 at Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday evening.

The visitors dealt admirably with the dismissal of Gary O’Neil in the first half, only for Jon Walters to fire Stoke in front shortly after the restart.

Howson levelled superbly, before Joselu restored the Potters’ advantage ahead of Ryan Bennett’s own goal completing the score.

Speaking after the game, Howson told Norwich City TV: “Whoever you’re playing against, when you’ve got less men it’s going to be difficult at this level.

“If we possibly could have held them out a little longer after half-time it might have been different. Once they go in front it’s difficult, but we managed to get an equaliser.

“Then having to do it for a second time is obviously hard. Irrespective of everything, we can’t affect it now; that’s part of football.

“There were a fair few positives in the game, and we’ll take those into Saturday.”

Reflecting on his strike which initially brought City back into the contest, the 27-year-old midfielder preferred to switch attention to this weekend’s meeting with Bournemouth.

“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet but it would have been nicer to pick something up from the game,” he added.

“It was a nice strike but doesn’t mean anything so we’ll move on now because there’s a long way to go in the season. When you play teams around you it’s important to pick up points.

“Saturday is one of those games, so hopefully we can take the positives from tonight into that one.”

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