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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
There was no getting away from the unrest of Norwich City fans at Southampton last weekend, but the players won’t let it affect them according to Jonny Howson.
Manager Chris Hughton’s job was the subject of some chants from the visiting fans at St Mary’s Stadium, as City were tossed aside by the Saints. Come Saturday, the stakes are higher still for Sunderland’s visit to Carrow Road.
“There’s none of that (unrest) around the training ground or anything like that – it does come from outside, but that’s part and parcel of the game,” said Howson.
“When you care about something and you want to do something well, you’ve got your own pressure. If you do care and put your own pressure on, you’ve got to be able to deal with that outside pressure. We’re the only ones that can affect that.
“Of course it’s up to us to change that (atmosphere) – but also at the end of the day, you’re not going to please everyone.
“I’m sure if you asked the majority of the fans the starting team they wanted for instance, they wouldn’t come up with one decision.
“You’re never going to please everyone. It’s the way it is and not just regarding ourselves. You see teams wanting instant success, and sometimes people can get frustrated from that.
“But as players, you have got to be professional about it. These things come and go, and we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves, on our job, and do the best we can for ourselves and foremost, the football club.”