Jackson ends drought in style
Simeon Jackson ended a 12-game barren run in front of goal on Saturday - and it was worth the wait. The 23-year-old executed the perfect volley from Grant Holt's cross in time added on to seal the points against Swansea - his first goal since a brace which helped his old club Gillingham beat Huddersfield 2-0 in March.
Simeon Jackson ended a 12-game barren run in front of goal on Saturday - and it was worth the wait.
The 23-year-old executed the perfect volley from Grant Holt's cross in time added on to seal the points against Swansea - his first goal since a brace which helped his old club Gillingham beat Huddersfield 2-0 in March.
The relief was obvious - not just for City, who had to dig deep for victory, but also for Jackson, scoring for his new club in his third game.
“I think when I get in my car and drive home it will be a relief, considering I haven't scored for a little while,” said the Canada international. “You do think about it, but if you keep getting yourself into the area, one is bound to go in so you just have to keep going.”
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Jackson had been on the pitch for just 10 minutes or so, but had already seen the game take two major swings, one in Swansea's favour when they were awarded and the other in City's, when John Ruddy saved the spot-kick.
“That changed the game for us,” said Jackson. “If they had scored there our heads might have gone down, but pulling off a great save like that gave us the lift we needed at that time to go on and the first one was unfortunate for them - but to get two goals and seal it off was really good.”
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City's noses were in front when Ashley Williams put into his own net, but Jackson's was all about City as he finished Holt's cross in style.
“I was quite glad that Holty ended up putting it in the box,” he said. “At 1-0 up you think, sometimes, 'keep it in the corner', but great vision by him to put a great ball in as well. I'm just glad to get off the mark really.”
The execution was spot on - a right- foot volley off the underside of the bar.
“You don't have time to think about it when it comes in and you just kind of use your natural instincts,” Jackson said. “Especially with me not scoring since March it was good to get it out of the way so hopefully I can kick on now. It was great to seal it with a win as well.”
Jackson knows that one goal, no matter how good, is no guarantee that he will break the Holt-Chris Martin partnership up front.
“Hopefully I can add to our strike force,” he said. “They have a great partnership really and they do get goals and obviously I am hoping I can do the same thing and if we all chip in with goals we will be up in amongst it.”
Jackson is getting his first taste of Championship football, after League One, League Two and Conference football with Barnet and Gillingham, but says his international experience has made the step up a little easier than it might have been.
“It's a learning curve for some of us,” he said. “It's the first time at this level and we just have to keep working hard and get used to it and improve as players.
“Luckily for me I have been away with Canada getting experience as an international so I get to experience that, so it helps me in my first taste of the Championship.
“I think the difference is you make a mistake and you get punished so you have got to make sure your concentration levels are up.”