'No room for sentiment', says City midfielder

JONNY Howson is determined put any past loyalties aside on Tuesday night when Norwich City face boyhood club Leeds United at Elland Road (7:45pm).

The midfielder became the youngest player to captain the Yorkshire outfit since Billy Bremner in 2008, and eventually fulfilled the role on a permanent basis prior to moving to Norfolk three years ago.

However, with City pushing for promotion to the Premier League, Howson told "Under the circumstances, with what we've got to play for, it's about going there and getting three points.

"It will be nice to go back but it's not a case of me going to enjoy it. I've got to go there and be professional for the team.

"For me personally, nothing changes so we'll still be going out to do the right things. We’ve got to get our minds on it because it’s going to be a tough game.

"Their fans will be right behind them, and I know the atmosphere you can get at Elland Road. If we're going to come away with three points then we've got to be right at it."

Alex Neil's side go into the contest off the back of a dramatic 2-1 victory at Bolton on Saturday, with Gary Hooper's late strike securing a vital three points.

The 26-year-old believes the Canaries can draw confidence from that result, commenting: "I suppose it’s moments like that which you savour as a player.

"You look back at whenever you get a winning goal in the last few minutes, and it makes it that bit more special. It was a great feeling in the circumstances of every game being must-win.

"The excitement in the dressing room after the game is why you play football. We're in a great position because of that goal, but we've still got four very tough games to go.

"There's no point in us looking at Middlesbrough, Rotherham or Fulham. We've got to take it a game at a time as that's the only thing we can affect."

Middlesbrough, Friday April 17, 7:45pm


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