Cameron Jerome believes the Championship rhythm will come for Norwich City
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Norwich City are yet to hit top gear – but derby goal-scorer Cameron Jerome is confident it will come, and soon.
The Canaries' lone striker – in more ways than one – notched his second goal of the season before City were pegged back moments before half-time by arch rivals Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
Alex Neil's men continued their unbeaten start to the campaign, and are sat fourth after four Championship games.
'It's four games in and no one is going to be consistent at this time,' said Jerome. 'No team can really look at the league table and say we're top of the league or second in the league or wherever.
'We've just got to take it game by game and, slowly but surely, the consistency and the continuity in your game will come together, the patterns of play will come together and the fitness; stuff like that.
'Everything will come together and you will have a rhythm to your game.
'But we're unbeaten and you can't ask for much more than that.
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'We can probably ask for a bit more in terms of performance but effort, I think we've put everything into every game we've played so far.
'It's about us not being good enough on occasions, so we've got to change that. We have to make sure we are better moving forward, and hopefully we will be throughout the season.'
To continue a hectic early schedule, City are back in action on Tuesday night – although it is a rest from league action, as the EFL Cup second round and League One side Coventry come to Carrow Road.
Jerome – who like most of Alex Neil's starters on Sunday is unlikely to feature – added: 'You recover right, rest right and you are available – then if the manager picks you he picks you, and if he chooses to rest you for the game after, then either or. It doesn't really matter to me.
'I'm fit enough to play and happy enough to have a rest.'
His goal on Sunday was supposed to set up City perfectly for another derby success at their fiercest rivals – but this time, it wasn't to be.
Cameron Jerome deserved his second goal of the campaign after a fine 26th-minute finish gave the Canaries a first-half lead they scarcely deserved. The striker's tireless running was exactly what Alex Neil will want to see for the duration of their Championship push.
And yet, one sloppy moment on the brink of half-time and that good work was undone, leaving City to start all over again when they would have expected to take advantage of a game Ipswich had to chase.
'The first goal in these games is always quite important and we thought the game would be a totally different one if we scored first, and it would be a different game if they got the first goal,' said Jerome.
'But to concede on half-time was sloppy from us. I thought we defended from the front really badly, we switched off and we got punished for it. It gave them a massive lift going into the second half, and we couldn't replicate the same performance in the second half.
'It was probably a fair result. We weathered the storm early in the first half and managed to get the ball down, play some footy and got the goal. It was nice awareness from Jonny (Howson) and I could see the gap, went for it and rolled in.
'We knew it was always going to be a tough match and Ipswich were going to knock the ball forward quite often. It was up to us to get the ball down and create some opportunities, and we are more than capable of creating opportunities when we do get the ball down and move it.
'I thought we moved it quite smoothly and in the second half, there were a few opportunities. We hit the post, a Steven Whittaker chance was saved, Jacob (Murphy) went through at the end.
'I don't think Ipswich created any clear-cut opportunities after the break. It was more pressure from throw-ins and corners, free-kicks. The clear chances fell our way but late on, and we could've stolen the points but a draw was probably fair.
'It's obviously a good start to the season. We've got to turn the draws into victories and if we can do that away from home especially, then it will stand us in good stead.'
City may now find themselves sweating on the fitness of Ivo Pinto, after a muscle injury ended his afternoon at half-time. Jerome added: 'Ivo and Robbie (Brady) got up quite well.
'In the first half we used our full-backs really well and we were quite aggressive, especially after the goal. We got into their half and started creating some good areas.
'They pushed us back a bit in the second half. But we've got a big squad. We've got Steven Whittaker, who is a Scotland international and can slot in just as easily.
'It's not nice losing anyone to injury but we've got players who can come in and do just as good a job.'