Norwich striker Simeon Jackson knows the Canaries must be clever to compensate for losing the element of surprise in the Premier League this season.

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City face European champions Chelsea this weekend aiming to pick up their first top flight win of the new campaign as they bid to build on an impressive debut year. Both the Canaries and fellow promoted rivals Swansea proved the doubters wrong following their elevation from the Football League 12 months ago, but Jackson accepts Chris Hughton’s men face a much tougher task to try and emulate that success.

“The shock factor has gone. We’re no longer the surprise package,” he said. “People know what we’re about now and come up with game plans to stop us, so we just have to make sure we keep doing what we can to win as many games as possible.

“I think the ambition is still the same, which is to stay in the league. It’s paramount, so you approach games like you always have done, trying to get a result. A lot has been made about struggling to score goals and I don’t think we have to change too much. We’ve been creating chances as much as we always have done. We have to maintain that and it will turn and they will go in.”

Jackson’s strike partners Grant Holt and Steve Morison got off the mark against Liverpool, after the Canadian opened his Premier League account to earn a home point against QPR last month. The 25-year-old insists City’s frontline remain confident in their ability to produce at this level.

“You don’t worry about what others might say,” he said. “You just focus on doing what we’re doing. We’ve looked good at times, we’re creating chances and it’s the most important thing. Like I said we just have to maintain what we’re doing and it will turn and we’ll start getting results.

“It’s a new regime but at the same time the gaffer has come here and done well. He’s kept the core of us together and the same mentality in how we approach games. There hasn’t been that much of a change and the lads go into every game thinking we can get a result.”

Jackson has looked sharp during City’s otherwise difficult start to the league season, which also included a recent transatlantic trip on World Cup qualifying duty for the Canucks.

The Canadian international will head back across the Atlantic after Saturday’s Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge for fresh qualifiers against Cuba and Honduras, and Jackson is happy with his own form for club and country.

“It’s been okay,” he said. “Unfortunately we haven’t had that first win yet but it will definitely come. I haven’t done anything different really (over the summer). I had some games for Canada and tried to keep the momentum going and did some work in the off-season in the one-week break I had so I could come back ready to impress the new manager.”

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20 comments

  • S Jackson says the team are playing the same. No they are not! Last Saturday they were very stationary and too often waiting for the ball to fall at their feet instead of going after it, seemed to be badly lacking in drive & enthusiasm.

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    goldie

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • 1p5wich Town Football Club...........Oh sorry Mellow. I've gone + said the 1st idiotic thing that came into my head ....

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    Timbo

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Perhaps they need to sign Baldrick from Black Adder, he always had a cunning plan.

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    Duncan Forbes

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Yes, you need a plan so cunning that you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Yet another player rolled out of Carrow Road to deliver a meaningless cliche,do CH have a rota for the players to take part in these activities.

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    leslie cater

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Has anyone else noticed that Grant Holt has made little or no comment to the press recently. Has he been told to “Button it” ….Wes and Pilkington are not saying much either. The talking now belongs to the new boys and the also rans. I smell something fishy!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • submitted a fair comment, twice. Can't work out which word is flagging up a problem.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • To be fair Simeon actually doesn't make any mention of being 'cunning' does he? I would be very suprised if many of the sides in this league change the way they play to try and deal with us, whether they've seen us last season or not.

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    Gavin

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Paul Jewell is a football genius..........Sorry Mellow I can't stop now. You shouldn't have mentioned it. It's your fault ! Doc -Cunning Stunts- Yes indeed . 90 mins headbanging to Metallica is preferable to the dross currently on offer @ the Carra. Still, we remain hopeful. Bet we stuff Chelski 6-0 now .....er....probly .......

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    Timbo

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Maybe if Jackson actually hit the target once in a while from further than 3 yards out. Or stopped running offside given that he appears to be the man our club seem to think can score 15+ goals this year. We would actually have a chance of beating the drop!!

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    Ian Farrow

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • We all need to make constructive comments but not silly negative knee jerk ones that can only do more to foster worry than any good.

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    penpal

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Your collective wit is beyond all comprehension. Really...say something useful, instead of these tiresome attempts of putting down the team just because we are having a bad run. Do any of you actually attend any of the matches?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I wonder what to have for lunch. Oh Sorry MellowYellow. Actually the comments here are no more inane then the NCFC press releases. However what is there to say either by the fans or the club right now? Is CH going to let the team play to their strengths like men or carry on cowering like rabbits caught in headlights?

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    waclor

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • DocOhNo

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Simeon has given away the new Norwich master plan: "....ambition is still the same, which is to stay in the league." Well even if they repeat the Fulham and Liverpool disasters, they should still avoid dropping into the conference so mission accomplished. Well done lads.

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    waclor

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • After watching Man City's defence against Dortmund this week, i think we should be in for a goal fest. I fancy a tenner on 5-5

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    DaveG

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • CUNNING noun: Skill in achieving one's ends by deceit. ummmm food for thought.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Cunning! what the heck does that mean? Oh dear the stuff we are hearing out of the team sounds desperate.

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    Duncan Forbes

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • If anyone feels inclined to comment please say something sensible rather than the first idiotic thought that comes into your head.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Personally I prefer the Cpl Jones "don't panic" approach to that of Pvt Fraser "we're DOOMED". On a much more important note has anyone tried saying cunning stunts?

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

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