Football: Norwich's Howson smites sluggish Stoke in 1-0 win

Norwich City's Jonathan Howson (centre) celebrates his goal against Stoke City with teammates during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, Sept 29, 2013. Norwich City won 1-0 at Stoke C
Norwich City's Jonathan Howson (centre) celebrates his goal against Stoke City with teammates during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, Sept 29, 2013. Norwich City won 1-0 at Stoke City on Sunday to register their second victory of the Premier League season and only their second away win of 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Norwich City won 1-0 at Stoke City on Sunday to register their second victory of the Premier League season and only their second away win of 2013.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has been praised for introducing a more possession-oriented approach since succeeding Tony Pulis in the close season, but his side produced a strangely subdued display.

Jonathan Howson claimed the game's only goal in the 34th minute at the Britannia Stadium with a low drive from 25 metres that dipped right in front of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The two teams now have identical records after seven games of the season and sit three points above the relegation places.