Striker Simeon Jackson will be hoping for a rare place in the Norwich City starting line-up for today’s FA Cup tie at Peterborough – but may not get it if manager Chris Hughton persists in playing one man up front.

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Jackson has not started a first team game since the 5-2 home defeat by Liverpool on September 29 and his six appearances as substitute since then have amounted to a mere 71 minutes of action and one goal, the winner against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup.

With Grant Holt and Steve Morison sidelined by injury and Hughton promising changes for this afternoon’s third round match at London Road, it might appear that the Canadian is overdue for a recall. But Hughton, who also has on-loan Harry Kane available against Posh, said it was tough going for Jackson to play the lone striker role.

“It’s difficult. I think it revolves a little bit around Wes Hoolahan,” he said. “I had made up my mind Wes was going to play at West Ham. I am not saying it can’t work but certainly against West Ham, who are a big, physical side and good on set pieces, it would have been difficult to play both of them.

“I think Simeon can do it but perhaps he needs a little bit more support around him. I do think that Simeon is better used in a two in some way – which means either a two up top or somebody playing a little bit closer to him. You can use somebody who can play up top alongside or a little bit deeper. You can get more out of Simeon with someone nearer him.”

Hughton admitted he had thought of playing joint top scorer Anthony Pilkington in a more central role.

“I have considered it - even in some of my thoughts last weekend,” he said. “He is also a player who gives us a quality in a wide area and has scored his goals coming in off the flank. But it is a position I think he could play.”

With City linked with numerous strikers as potential January transfer targets, including Craig Mackail-Smith, Danny Graham, Gary Hooper, Glenn Murray and Zambian forward Jacob Mulenga, Hughton insisted anyone he brought in would have to be better than his existing crop.

“For us it is about doing the work to determine where we feel we need to strengthen the squad and what the options are,” he said.

“I think because we have had Holty out for some games and now Stevie, that highlights that area a little bit more but you have to be conscious of bringing in someone who is better than we already have here. We do have players like Simeon, who hasn’t played as much as he would have liked to, and young Harry, who started at West Ham. Any player we think about bringing in has to be able to improve us.”

Whoever play sin attack against Posh, Hughton anticipates a difficult afternoon. He was, coincidentally, watching them play Blackpool at London Road on the day before the third round draw.

He said: “They are a good side. I have managed to see them on two or three occasions so I know them very well.

“Not only have they had some good form but they have beaten some big teams of late. That makes it an even tougher task.

“I know the club quite well. I know the manager and, of course, Barry Fry is someone I have known for a number of years. They have brought in some very, very good players, generally the lower leagues and the Conference. They do extremely well within their budget in a very strong Championship.”

18 comments

  • Btw, dare we play both our only 2 fit strikers?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Transfer Window: Looks like Dempsey is surplus to requirements, theres a few goals there me thinks. MB?

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • That would certainly be worth a try, spanish. What worries me is that I thought Pilks looked a bit jaded vs WHU & may be due a short break? What`s this about CM-S, richard??

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Btbtw, Spanish; the age thing. True enough, but Lampard, Scholes & even Hoops were a lot younger when they started with their current clubs, ie plenty of miles left on the clock! Do you remember the Holty contract thing in the Summer, when he was (allegedly) told he was "too old" for an extended deal? He`s only a year or so older than CD. I agree, you shouldn`t prejudge a player just on age and Dempsey looks mean & lean alright! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Hi, Spanish. Dempsey DID feature yesterday & scored twice! I wonder what the crafty old Hoots has up his sleeve? He managed to "shop window" a few players yesterday & still come away with a comfortable win. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Nope he's not been there long, but never seems to feature. Also they are still buying, thats got to be funded somehow. Is 30 too old these days? Lampard, Scholes and the Horse or even Hoolahoop

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Nope he's not been there long, but never seems to feature. Also they are still buying, thats got to be funded somehow. Is 30 too old these days? Lampard, Scholes and the Horse or even Hoolahoop

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Spurs haven`t had Dempsey that long, have they? Am I thinking about the right player? Clint is a good player but he`s pushing 30.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • I'd go for experimenting with Pilks up fron with Simeon playing off him. Why not? If it works, we could then have Snograss on the left and Bennett on the right sending in the crosses.on the days when Holt and Mackail-Smith aren't playing...

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Btbtw, Spanish; the age thing. True enough, but Lampard, Scholes & even Hoops were a lot younger when they started with their current clubs, ie plenty of miles left on the clock! Do you remember the Holty contract thing in the Summer, when he was (allegedly) told he was "too old" for an extended deal? He`s only a year or so older than CD. I agree, you shouldn`t prejudge a player just on age and Dempsey looks mean & lean alright! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • It certainly gives another option if we have injuries and Hoots wants to mix it up a bit. I would go for it Richard. For today anyway it would almost give us an attacking front 4?

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Btw, Pilks did indeed get his "rest". On the bench just in case it went pear-shaped?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Not sure if Jacko will still be with us after the summer, I hope he will but i feel he will be off to a championship team. If he plays I hope he has a great game.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • I agree MBA, he seems like a really good pro and has cetainly played his part for us. Whatever the future brings for him, I wish him much luck.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • sorry for the repeats, had seriously senior moment

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Nope he's not been there long, but never seems to feature. Also they are still buying, thats got to be funded somehow. Is 30 too old these days? Lampard, Scholes and the Horse or even Hoolahoop

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • I thought Cinnamon was maybe going to "make it" this season but so far he has not fitted into the Master Plan. Hope he plays & scores a couple! Good chap, a gent.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Hi MB, after reading what Hoots talked about earlier I wonder if he is planning a wee experiment with Pilks in a more central role. Something that many of us have raised before on here? Cinnamon & Pilks, worth a try or not?

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

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