December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
It wasn’t just a win that made things feel different for Norwich City at the weekend – as far as Jonny Howson is concerned, it’s all coming together.
Six of the Canaries’ matchday squad at the Britannia Stadium were without a senior appearance in yellow and green before the summer as Chris Hughton attempts to kick City on to bigger things this term.
And with victory at Stoke – plus the accompanying performance – the signs are good.
“Yes I think so; it is feeling different,” said Howson. “You can have the pre-season and go away, but realistically it doesn’t compare to once you start those competitive games and that’s only going to get better with the more games that we do play.
“And I think you can see that, especially at Stoke with the likes of Leroy (Fer), Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) and (Martin) Olsson coming in for his first start. They all did very well and it’s only going to get better with the more games that we play together. I think you can see that it’s coming together.”
What would help underline City’s progress would be a positive result heading into the latest international break.
A Carrow Road visit from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea may be one of the toughest on the schedule – but given a few Premier League upsets last weekend, there is no reason why the Canaries can’t sample their own success on Sunday.
“If you look at last season we didn’t get off to that good a start and then we went on a 10-game unbeaten run – I’m not saying that’s going to happen now, but that run started against Arsenal at home when we beat them,” said Howson. “So you’ve got to play every team and we’re fully aware of their threats.
“As much as maybe off the pitch you respect them as some of the top world class players that they are, when it comes to the game that’s why you play in the Premier League. You want to come up against the big names, the big teams, and I think you’ve got to go into it and prepare for it like every other game and just give it your best shot – and you never know.
“We’ve seen upsets last weekend and they can happen. At the end of the day we’re all human beings and everyone makes mistakes. They’re not always going to play to the best of their abilities and maybe we’ve seen that at the weekend. So it will be 11 versus 11 and especially at home, I don’t think we’d fear anyone.”