Simeon Jackson urging caution
Striker Simeon Jackson is determined not to get carried away with Norwich City’s impressive start to the Championship campaign. As the Canaries prepared for today’s visit to leaders Queens Park Rangers, the 23-year-old Canada international made a cool appraisal of the early-season jostling for position.
And he urged caution despite Paul Lambert’s men occupying third place this morning.
He warned: “You never know what can happen – you’ve seen this league before. Someone’s flying early on and then they blow up towards the end.
“For us it’s important to stay focused and take one game at a time and not get excited about where we are now.”
From featuring in a Gillingham team that has contrived to yo-yo between League One and League Two in recent seasons, Jackson is suddenly experiencing the upper reaches of the Championship, and admits he is enjoying the moment.
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He said: “That’s where you want to be. You want to play at big grounds and in big games. That’s one of the things you relish as a player - sold out games.
“There are bigger grounds and more fans and player wise there is a bit of a gap, but nothing any of the players who have made the step up are struggling with.
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“It’s one of those leagues where teams bounce up and down, anyone can beat anyone and that’s the thing that’s stood out for me.
“It’s a more even standard from top to bottom than in League One.
“The tempo is a bit quicker but you expect that when you go up a level. Luckily for me when I play from Canada I get a little taste of what it’s like.”
Jackson, who scored twice in the Canaries’ 3-0 win at Bristol City a fortnight ago, added another goal for his country in the 2-2 draw against Ukraine in Kiev eight days ago, though he confessed it was not as inspired as it looked on TV.
“I meant to cross it, to be honest. I tried to put it in the box and it was kind of weird because it just ended up going in. But I’ll take 10 of them – I’m not going to complain,” he said.
“Getting another cap, I’m delighted. It was very enjoyable, especially getting a 2-2 result. I’m just glad to be back now, injury free.”
Jackson started City’s opening match of the season alongside Chris Martin in attack, but partnered skipper Grant Holt against Leicester and Bristol City.He said: “As a little striker you like playing with a big striker but you have to mix and match and play with whoever you’re up front with.From last season and how well the lads did with all the goals coming in from everywhere, I knew I would have to wait for my chance. I’ve just been working hard and now I’ve got my chance I’ll keep fighting to stay in.”