Midfielder maintaining survival belief

JONNY Howson is hoping that Norwich City get the ‘little bit of luck’ they require to take their fight for Premier League survival to the very last day of the season.

They realistically need Sunderland to lose their final two matches against West Brom and Swansea City, with the Canaries winning their clash with Arsenal on Sunday, to complete an against-the-odds escape from relegation.

All eyes will be on the Stadium of Light as the Black Cats’ host the Baggies on Wednesday night, and if the visitors win, Howson believes things could go City’s way at the weekend.

“We need a bit of a favour from West Brom, and hopefully we can take it to the last game of the season when anything can happen, we’ll see,” he told Norwich City TV.

“The ball is back in Sunderland’s court now, but hopefully we’ll get a little bit of luck.”

Howson took encouragement from City’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, but was left frustrated as to why they haven’t been able to produce similar performances on the road this season.

“I think that’s been one of our biggest downfalls, our away form. There have been just two away wins all season, you’re obviously going to go nowhere with that kind of form,” he commented.

“We knew we had to give that amount of effort if we were to get anything, because it’s one of the toughest places to go in the league.

“I think overall, for the effort and the way that every single lad out there gave everything out there, we deserved something.

“Obviously you’re pleased with the performance, but you’re frustrated about why we couldn’t do it more often.”

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