Cameron Jerome pleased to see fluid forward play returning after bleak midwinter for Norwich City

Cameron Jerome rolls home Norwich City's opening goal in their 2-0 Championship win over Birmingham.

Cameron Jerome rolls home Norwich City's opening goal in their 2-0 Championship win over Birmingham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It's been a bleak midwinter for Norwich City but Cameron Jerome believes the signs of a brighter spring were clear for all to see in the Canaries' hard-fought victory over Birmingham.

The striker set the ball rolling with a calmly-taken goal, after stealing possession on halfway, in the 15th minute and was part of a team given a hearty reception at half-time after Timm Klose's header had doubled the lead.

It was a second goal in three matches for the 30-year-old and, after battling to hold on to the lead in the second half, a third successive home victory for City in the Championship which showed Alex Neil's team are getting back on track.

'My confidence is always there, I don't think that ever goes really,' Jerome said. 'I thought the team played really well, there were better areas to link up, especially for the front players, with Wes drifting off the line he's very difficult to mark, and Steven Naismith as well was a little bit closer to me and I didn't feel as isolated. I felt like we had a lot of options going forward. Rather than being isolated and being quite predictable, we were back to the fluent football in the beginning part of the season which brought us success.'

The entertaining encounter continued the healing process at Carrow Road and Jerome was pleased to hear positivity returning.

'It's been frustrating for the fans, being in a disappointing league position and not winning as many games as we should be at this level, with this level of squad and this level of club,' he continued.

'They're entitled to vent their frustrations at times and it was really good to hear them on song and really behind the boys.

'When we needed them, in the second half we needed to dig deep, they were there as well. So it's fantastic that we could repay them with a good performance at home and three points.'

The win moved the Canaries back to withing two points of the play-offs but Jerome is well aware that the recovery must continue in the upcoming away games at Cardiff and Wigan.

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He added: 'We've got a couple of away fixtures coming up now so it's vitally important we take this level of performance and intensity into those games to start climbing the league.'

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