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Monday, September 23, 2013
Norwich City fans may well have had a different attitude to another Paul Lambert Carrow Road return than the current players, and the same could be said for the 90 minutes. While social media mopped up supporters’ frustration that spilled into Carrow Road during the actual match – especially at the full-time whistle – the players arguably have a different set of values to adhere to.
The ones that allow them to prolong confidence beyond two disappointing results on the bounce; where the endeavour was much improved on the previous week’s efforts at Tottenham, but the outcome was even more painful seven days later.
For the City dressing room, there were positives – and they are the only things that will help Chris Hughton’s side to move on and take on both a trip to Watford in the League Cup tomorrow night and a visit to Stoke on Sunday.
“This is a tough one to take,” said Jonny Howson, who had no doubt wished for a better recall to Hughton’s starting XI than a defeat to City’s former boss. “We created a lot of chances and fair play to their keeper, he’s pulled off some top class saves – especially the one from (Gary) Hooper. At the time, you just think what a save.
“We definitely deserved something from the game. We gave it a good effort, got bodies forward and we just needed maybe a little bit of luck – an own goal or one just to fall for us. But it wasn’t meant to be and we will move on from it.”
The crowd’s part in the game was not lost on Howson either – support that flip-flopped from a rallying cry midway through the second half in acknowledgement that the players needed a boost, to boos at the end of each period and cries of ‘Hughton, sort it out’ come the final whistle.
“As players, you get that and we’ll have it to come all down our careers at certain times,” said Howson. “It’s part of it. The fans are entitled to their say. But I think it was a bit harsh on that showing today. We have given it a great effort and I think looking back on the game, I don’t think anyone can fault us. If anything was missing, it was a goal.
“As players, you’ve got to be big enough to take it and it’s a good group, so that won’t affect us.
“We’re obviously all disappointed we’ve not got the win and once it settles down in a day or two and you look back, for large periods of that game we’ve been the better side. So the group is always together. We’re a close knit bunch and that’s why we had the success, especially last season, because of how tight the group is.”
It was Howson’s team-mate – at City and previously Leeds – Robert Snodgrass who missed a sixth-minute penalty that had he scored, may have made for a happier day.
“It (who is designated penalty taker) hasn’t been mentioned too much,” added Howson. “Obviously Holty was it last season…but I’ve seen him take them before and fair play for him to take the ball, step up and say I’ll take it.”