Cameron Jerome thought a goalless draw was going to buck Norwich City's Newcastle United trend - instead, he was happy to take a point off the classy Championship leaders
PUBLISHED: 23:45 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 23:52 14 February 2017
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They may have conceded a late equaliser, but Cameron Jerome was happy to take a point off the Championship leaders.
Norwich City and Newcastle United laid on another enthralling encounter that belied the two club’s Championship status and it was City who succumbed with nine minutes left of normal time – albeit earlier but less destructive than their giveaway at St James’ Park back in September.
“I saw a stat before the game that there had been 20 goals in the last three games between us, so I thought this could be a 0-0!” joked Jerome, who had completed the hosts’s first-half comeback before the interval.
“This just goes to show both teams try to play the right way, to play open attractive football, and I thought it was a good spectacle for both sets of supporters.
“I’m sure everyone will go away thinking a point will do both sides. It’s another point in the right direction for us and keeps the momentum and good feeling around the place going, and we move on to Saturday (at Burton) now. That’s another big game.”
City have lost just once in nine games, as they seek to recover their promotion hopes – although two dropped points mean they are now four behind the top six.
“Before the game we’d have probably taken a point,” admitted Jerome. “We knew it was going to be a tough test for us but you want to test yourself against the best teams and they are one of the best in the division, there’s no doubt about that.
“They’ve had that level of consistency throughout the season, a little bit more than what we have. It was a good game, a good game to play in and probably a fair point overall for both sides.”
And all after a horrendous start for Alex Neil’s men, conceding to Ayoze Perez after just 23 seconds.
“I mean, they came flying out of the blocks and it was sloppy from us,” said Jerome. “It was sloppy defending and they capitalised on that, got the goal, and we showed great character to come back and really press them high, and forced the mistakes our goals came from.”
Propped up against a wall, Jerome added: “It was a big effort from all the boys. We dug deep and we were hanging on a little bit in the second half. They really pushed us and tested us. We stood up strong, just couldn’t see out those last minutes. But it could be a crucial point come May.”