Jackson needs to find edge
David Cuffley Striker Simeon Jackson is determined his finishing will be razor-sharp before the real business of Norwich City's Championship season gets under way. The 23-year-old new signing came close to scoring his first goal in Canary colours in the 0-0 draw at Stevenage on Tuesday night - but was foiled twice by goalkeeper Chris Day.
Striker Simeon Jackson is determined his finishing will be razor-sharp before the real business of Norwich City's Championship season gets under way.
The 23-year-old new signing came close to scoring his first goal in Canary colours in the 0-0 draw at Stevenage on Tuesday night - but was foiled twice by goalkeeper Chris Day.
Jackson believes he should have done better but looks certain to get another chance to get off the mark against League One opponents Dagenham & Redbridge in tonight's friendly at Victoria Road (7.45pm).
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The Canada international followed up a 30-minute run out against SV Bergisch Gladbach in Germany on Saturday by playing the first half against Stevenage, making way for Oli Johnson at the interval.
“There were a couple of good saves but I should have put them in the back of the net,” said Jackson, who partnered Chris Martin in attack.
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“But it's pre-season, you use these games to get sharp and get yourself rolling for when the season starts.
“I got half an hour on Saturday and 45 minutes here so I'm gradually getting into it now.”
He added: “I felt good. The gaffer has been working me hard, seeing as I've missed most of pre-season.
“I'm just glad to get some minutes under my belt and I hope I can keep doing that for the rest of the pre-season games.
“That's what you need as a player, you need games. All the running's good but you need to get match fit and get sharp.”
Jackson, whose move from Gillingham for a reported �600,000 was completed last Friday, knows it will take time to develop an understanding with his attacking team-mates, one of whom, skipper Grant Holt, missed the Stevenage game through injury.
“Sometimes it might take a while but it's all about working together in training and seeing what each other likes and getting used to each other,” he said.
Gillingham provide the opposition for City's second competitive fixture of the season - the Carling Cup first round tie at Carrow Road on Tuesday, August 10. But Jackson places no greater importance on the game than any other.
“I'm excited at being here and looking forward to the season and that's just another game in the season,” he said.