In-form supersub Jackson ready to answer Norwich City call
Norwich supersub Simeon Jackson is confident he can fire the goals to maintain City’s Championship promotion push over the tense run-in after salvaging a point last night at Watford.
Jackson slotted his fourth goal in the last three games within 10 minutes of his introduction to rescue Paul Lambert’s men at Vicarage Road.
Sam Vokes had opened his City account for the perfect pick-me-up following Saturday’s Swansea mauling – but Danny Graham and Don Cowie’s first-half strikes looked to have sunk the Canaries.
Jackson bundled home from close range right in front of the travelling support on 69 minutes and the Canadian international is ready to answer the call again ahead of Friday’s televised Carrow Road game against Nottingham Forest.
City skipper Grant Holt left the pitch last night clutching his left hamstring, but Jackson is more than ready to step in if required.
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He said: “It was good to get the goal and maybe I could have got another. It’s good to come on and make an impact.
“It’s another point on the board. We can use that and build on it for the next six games.
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“It is a hard place to come and the pitch was difficult. They are pushing to get in the play-offs and we are going for promotion so I definitely look on it as a point gained. Grant has been magnificent for us and hopefully the injury is not too bad and he will be fit for Friday, but it was brilliant for Sam to get on the scoresheet, especially early on.”
Jackson admitted City are looking forward to home comforts later this week after two gruelling away trips.
He said: “We’ve had two tough games. Swansea and now Watford with a lot of travelling to take on as well, but we’re back at home on Friday and we need to turn this thing around. We can’t rely on anyone else.
“It is tough because you come in after the game and you want to find out how the other results have gone, but you can’t worry about that. We must just try and worry about what we need to do.”
Jackson insists Norwich’s collective character will not be in doubt over the final weeks after another comeback.
He said: “We showed great character to get a point and we are still right in it.
“It’s going to go down to the wire and I think there will be a lot of ups and downs between now and the end of the season.
Forest is another big one, at home. It is a chance for us to get points on the board before anyone else plays.
“We have to keep it up between now and the end of the season and you can see that with how we tried to push for a winner.
“We have always gone out to win games and this one was no different.”