Who needs an excuse to watch THAT goal against Derby County?

Simeon Jackson scores a late winner against Derby to provoke pandemonium at Carrow Road. Picture: Ar

Simeon Jackson scores a late winner against Derby to provoke pandemonium at Carrow Road. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Norwich City are at home to Derby County this weekend and it’s a chance for all Canaries fans to invest in a hint of nostalgia.

City boss Paul Lambert gives matchwinner Simeon Jackson a hug. Picture: Archant

City boss Paul Lambert gives matchwinner Simeon Jackson a hug. Picture: Archant - Credit: EDP pics © 2011(01603) 772434

It was Monday, April 25, 2011 and City’s unlikely promotion push was reaching a crescendo.

QPR were well on their way to securing the Championship title but Norwich and Cardiff were vying for the second automatic promotion place and neither was given an inch.

Whoever blinked first would see their Premier League dreams fade...and on this day Norwich came very close to blinking...

MORE: Joe Ledley warns of Derby County’s Premier League qualitySimeon Jackson had given City the lead with a header at the end of the first half only for Steve Davis to equalise early in the second period.

Simeon Jackson takes the applause from the crowd after his hat-trick against Derby. Picture: Archant

Simeon Jackson takes the applause from the crowd after his hat-trick against Derby. Picture: Archant - Credit: EDP pics © 2011(01603) 772434

Jackson restored the Canaries’ lead with a chipped effort before Alberto Bueno’s long-range effort pegged the home side back once more.


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What followed was an excruciating half-hour.

City were losing hope when they won a corner in injury time. Henri Lansbury’s near post centre flicked off Wes Hoolahan to run into the path of Russell Martin at the far post.

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Time stood still.

MORE: Something is building at Carrow Road under Daniel FarkeMartin’s driven effort was somehow cleared off the line only for the rebound to cannon off that man Jackson and trickle over the line.

Cue pandemonium.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Less than a week later Cardiff slipped up at home to Middlesbrough allowing City to secure promotion a few hours later thanks to Jackson’s winner at Portsmouth.

See tomorrow’s papers for a full interview with Jackson - his goal against Derby just might have come up in conversation.

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