December 6 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
There were several ways that Norwich City notched their first Premier League victory on the road this term, but perhaps the biggest of all came down to the Canaries’ midfield.
Six games in and the latest central combination of Alex Tettey, Jonny Howson and Leroy Fer not only brought solidity in front of Chris Hughton’s back four and a combativeness that often proved too much for the hosts to cope with – it also delivered the winning goal.
From being dominated in the middle at Tottenham just two top-flight games ago, the difference – and admittedly opposition – was stark.
“It did work well,” said Howson, the man who struck City’s first-half winner. “I think it suited us all, with Alex in front of the back four doing what he does best; sweeping up and breaking up play.
“And then me and Leroy having the licence to get forward at times and making things happen a little bit. But it’s only one game and there are people waiting. People like Bradley Johnson who’s to come in. So it’s pleasing today, but we’ve got to do that more often now.”
The signs are good. Certainly City’s late League Cup comeback at Watford appeared to make a positive impact.
“I think whenever you score last minute or last kick of the game and get something from it, it always feels that little bit better,” added Howson.
“It was very pleasing but even going back to last week (against Aston Villa) we were disappointed with the result but for large periods of the game if you look at the stats, it was very impressive.
“On another day if we covert the chances it would’ve been a different scoreline and a different feeling. But it is nice to get the win today though.”
Howson’s 25-yard first-half drive securing City’s first Premier League goal on the road this term – and with it their first three-point haul away from Carrow Road.
It means that after significant fans’ frustration at successive league losses – especially to Aston Villa the previous weekend – City have now made it four wins from their last six outings in all competitions.
“I guess not,” smiled Howson, asked if he ever did tap-ins given the two spectacular goals he scored at the end of last season. His solo effort at Manchester City was Norwich’s last goal on the road before Sunday.
“You take it either way. It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet and especially when it’s with a win as well. But I thought the way we started the game set us up, especially first half, and I thought we thoroughly deserved it.”
Howson added: “It’s a good group and in a perfect world you wouldn’t put yourself in those situations (where the pressure is on to get a win). But there is no one that wants to shy away from anything and the way we started this game I think was key to it.”