Norwich City: Fans' reaction understandable - Jonny Howson

Jonny Howson
Jonny Howson missed the first 10 league games of the season through injury

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson has said he understands the negative reaction of supporters to their 2-1 defeat by Reading.

A number of home fans greeted the final whistle with boos as City slipped to a third loss in four games.

"We're going through a difficult spell and it's understandable that fans are frustrated, as are the players and staff," Howson told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"It's up to us now to stick together and turn things around."

The Canaries are on an awful run in the Championship, having won just once in their last 10 games, and have slipped from top of the table at the start of October to 11th.

Points comparison after 19 games
2010-11 season (when Norwich last won promotion to Premier League30 points, fifth place
This season27 points, 11th place

Boss Neil Adams is coming under increasing pressure, but insisted after the defeat by the Royals that he expects to resurrect the club's form.

Adams compiled a squad over the summer that was expected to challenge for an immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

"We've got experienced players in there. It's not the first time and won't be the last time this happens in our careers," said Howson.

"We've all come through it - that's why we're still playing at this level - and it's a case of coming through it again.

"Ultimately it's about everyone sticking together - staff, players and maybe biggest of all, the fans.

"I accept they are frustrated when they pay their money to watch us, but it's times like this when you call on fans to get behind you and I'm sure they will do."