Cameron Jerome urges Norwich City to bring back the fear factor
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Cameron Jerome wants to put the fear factor back into Championship opponents arriving at Carrow Road.
The Norwich City striker aims to make life uncomfortable for hometown club Huddersfield this weekend to send a signal of intent after a series of frustrating shifts in front of City's own fans.
'Our home form has been a little bit indifferent. We need to work on that and making Carrow Road a fortress,' he said. 'I remember coming here as an opposition player and it was not a place you wanted to come.
'Psychologically I think it was the fact it felt so far away that put a downer on things. It is a long journey and mentally straight away that is a negative and then you add to that the crowd, who play a massive part in that because they back their team. They are loyal and local supporters and they are passionate about their football club. The stadium is always full and they get behind their team and we have to get back to what we had at the start of the season when teams feared coming here rather than feeling they can have a go and try to take points off us.'
City's 1-0 win at Wigan last weekend was notable for the uncompromising manner Neil Adams' side set about the task of wearing down the Latics and Jerome wants to see more of that on home soil.
'We've had a reputation for good football but perhaps we have to get used to the Championship way and mix it up sometimes rather than playing pretty football,' he said. 'We have to be a bit more streetwise in terms of how we approach certain games. You are not always going to be able to open up teams playing pretty football. Maybe teams caught on and we underestimated one or two because we didn't have an answer but we are working on things and the manager has every faith in us and we will get it right.
'We were blasting teams away early on. Bournemouth was my first home game and I keep hearing they are the best footballing side in the division, but they had one shot on target.
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Against the lesser sides they are going to come and shut up shop and try to make themselves resilient. We have struggled at times, especially if they snatch something and have that to hang onto.'
Jerome is not the only striker on show this weekend who has an affinity to the opposition, with the Terriers set to include Grant Holt.
'I grew up supporting them and still look out for their result but it's another game for me,' said the Yorkshireman. 'He is a club legend and I am sure the fans will be singing his name and it will be an emotional thing for him.
'Norwich was probably the (career) highlight and he will get a great reception and rightly so because he was a big part of getting them promoted to the Premier League and keeping them in there. It would be nice to see him get the respect he deserves.
Norwich is a great club and I have found that out. Players like Grant, Darren Huckerby and Gary Holt, if you do well the fans will respect that. Grant was honest and hard-working but it is not about him, it is about us and getting the right result.'