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The Canaries midfielder insists the Villans’ history and reputation will not help them in their relegation battle as the two teams prepare to meet at Carrow Road on Saturday

Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson has warned Aston Villa are not too big to go down as the two sides prepare to meet at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Having looked like relegation certainties at earlier on in the season, Villa look to be the in-form side ahead of this weekend’s clash after the 6-1 thrashing of Sunderland on Monday.

The Canaries are a point above Villa as both sides look to avoid relegation but, having played for Leeds, once in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Howson knows full well there is no club too big to go down.

"I don't think you are ever surprised to see a club of Villa's size down there, especially in the last 10 years when you look at the size of clubs that have gone down," the Norwich star told reporters.

"Sunderland and Newcastle are down there and they are big clubs.

"I have played for Leeds so I know all about it. They were arguably the first of the big clubs to go in the Premier League era. No-one is too big to go down."

Former Norwich manager Paul Lambert returns to Carrow Road for the second time this season since leaving Norfolk for Aston Villa last summer.

The first meeting came in a Capital One Cup clash which ended in a 4-1 win for Villa, but Howson thinks the Canaries have improved since his old manager’s departure.

"Have we made progress this season? If we stay in the league I think it's job done. It's the objective," he added.

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