Audio: Simeon Jackson helps dream continue
Simeon Jackson admits any team can “blow up” in the second half of the season – but is confident Norwich City will stay the Premier League course.
The Canadian striker scored moments after coming on in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers – Jackson’s first goal in the top flight and one to completing his remarkable sequence of climbing the English ranks.
Jackson has now scored in the top five tiers in consecutive seasons, with goals for Rushden & Diamonds (Conference) in 2007, Gillingham in 2008 (League Two) and 2009 (League One), before hitting the mark with City in the Championship last season and now the Premier League this.
The 24-year-old’s rise has epitomised what Paul Lambert’s Canaries are all about – and Jackson believes City will stay true to their philosophy and make the most of their encouraging return to the top-flight.
“I don’t think anyone would have believed we’d have this start, but it’s a credit to us and hopefully we can keep that going in the new year and be in the right position at the end of the season,” said Jackson.
“We have to make sure we don’t take this position in vain, keep up the hard work and keep getting the points. Every team is going to have a stage in the season where they might blow up. We’ve just got to focus on ourselves and keep it going.”
Jackson’s goal – which almost came at the second attempt –looked like it would secure a second away win of the season until Ronald Zubar’s late reply.
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“I think it was my first touch – it was a great ball from Steve Morison…he picked me out and I just had the easy job,” said the Canada international.
“It was my first two touches actually! I’m just delighted to get the goal and we should have held on but it wasn’t to be.”
With City unbeaten after trips to Wolves and Everton in the space of four days, Jackson added: “If you’d have said we were going to get two points from those two you’d have taken that beforehand, so definitely a lot of positives and so much credit to how we play and what we go out to do. Everyone has been doing really well and I’ve always just got on with my job and worked hard knowing that my chance will come. When everyone’s doing well it’s good to see us doing well as a team and that’s the main aim.”
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed on-loan full-back Kyle Naughton will serve his one-match suspension against Tottenham on Tuesday night – when he would be ineligible to play anyway.
The full-back picked up his fifth booking of the season at Wolves, but the ban coincides with City’s game against his parent club.