Midfielder ready to draw on experience

JONNY Howson called for unity after Norwich City’s indifferent Sky Bet Championship form continued with a 2-1 defeat to Reading at Carrow Road.

The hosts had taken an early lead through Gary Hooper, but a brace from teenage Royals defender Jake Cooper saw the visitors leave Norfolk with all three points.

That result saw City unable to capitalise on home advantage for the second week running following last Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Brighton, and after the game Howson told Norwich City TV: “We’ve had two home games now, and one point from them, which is obviously not good.

“We’re going through a difficult spell at the minute, and it’s understandable the fans are frustrated as are all the players and staff in the changing room.

“It’s up to us now to all stick together and turn things around.”

Howson also admitted there would be a period of soul-searching within the dressing room, after a run of one win in 10 league games, and added: ““We’re all honest people, and you know in yourself if you’re doing enough or not.

“Ultimately it’s about sticking together; everyone associated with Norwich included. It’s the staff, the players, the people who work here, and maybe biggest of all – the fans.

“I accept they are frustrated when they’re paying the money to come and watch us, but sometimes it’s times like this you call on the fans to get behind you, and I’m sure they will do.”

Despite the Canaries recent struggles, the 26-year-old believes the squad contains the necessary character to produce a reversal in fortunes, commenting: “We all know the situation, and the form we’re in at the minute, but we’ve got experienced players in there.

“It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the last time it happens in our careers. Whether that’s been at different clubs, with different experiences, we’ll have experienced things like this in the past.

“We’ve all come through them, which is why we’re still playing at this level. It’s a case of coming through it again, and keeping going so we turn it around.”

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