Sunday 18 March 2018

Jonny Howson: Norwich always had belief

Jonny Howson (second left) celebrates Robbie Brady's winner in Norwich's 1-0 victory at West Brom.
Jonny Howson (second left) celebrates Robbie Brady's winner in Norwich's 1-0 victory at West Brom.

Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson insists the Canaries never lost belief they could survive after ending their winless run at West Brom.

Robbie Brady bagged a second-half winner as Alex Neil's side moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with Saturday's 1-0 victory.

Sunderland will go above them on goal difference if they beat Newcastle in the north east derby but Norwich ended their wretched 11-game streak.

It was their first victory since January 2 and Howson said he never doubted the Canaries' spirit.

"The fight, determination and work-rate is always there with us," said the 27-year-old.

"It's just a case that it perhaps shows a bit more when you win games. To be able to go over to the fans having won was great because they've been there for us in recent weeks.

"We'll just concentrate on what we do, irrespective of other teams. We've got a couple of weeks until the next game so it's good to go into the break with a win.

"We need all the lads to give everything, and they're doing that."

The Canaries kept their first away clean sheet of the season and back-to-back shutouts after a 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

Neil's men have drawn with City and narrowly lost to Chelsea and Leicester recently and Howson feels they got their just rewards.

"We maybe got what we've deserved," he told Canaries TV. "Our performance was probably at a similar level to recent weeks, and we just feel like we got the rub of the green.

"We've got to build on this now, having built on last week very well."

Albion were unbeaten in eight home games, stretching back to Christmas, and had won three of their last five outings.

Boss Tony Pulis said: "It was very disappointing. It was a poor game.

"I said at half-time that it was one of those games we need to grind out, keep a clean sheet...and then lo-and-behold they score.

"It was a poor, poor goal from our point of view. We've played so well in recent weeks - to put up a performance like that is very disappointing."

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