Can we cut it? Yes we can, insists Jackson
Norwich striker Simeon Jackson believes the Canaries' squad have already proved they can cut it in the Championship.
Jackson is one of a number of players in Paul Lambert's squad enjoying their first real experience in English football's second tier. The Canadian international has netted four times helping to fire City to league wins over Swansea, Bristol City and Middlesbrough since completing a protracted close season transfer from Gillingham.
'I was delighted to get my move and when I first got here it was just about getting settled and used to my new club,' he said. 'I scored the winner against Middlesbrough, which was important for us in front of our home fans as it came off the back of a defeat the game before. To get a win and three points was magnificent. There isn't that much of a difference between the leagues. There are quite a lot of players before who had made the same sort of step up and we're handling it well.
'What I would say is there is a lot of little, minute details that you have to think about at this level but you expect that the higher you go – not just into the Championship but the league above it as well, but nothing that has been difficult.'
The 23-year-old was convinced he could handle the step up but admitted he feared a Carrow Road switch would fall through before linking up with the Canaries. 'As a player you have to try and focus and not pay attention to it,' he said. 'I tried to do that but towards the end it was becoming difficult. Andy (Hessenthaler) was brilliant with me and the chairman as well and they kept me informed at every stage and that made the move a lot easier than it could have been.'
Jackson earned his big move after plundering 35 league goals in just 85 league starts during a two year spell at the Priestfield. The City frontman is backing the Gills to get promoted from League Two despite a difficult season which plumbed new lows with an FA Cup exit to Dover last weekend. 'My time went by so quickly,' he said. 'Looking back, it felt as if I'd only been there a minute not two years. Now I have moved on but they were great times and I loved playing there because it was my first step in the league coming from non league and I have a few good memories. Wembley was the main highlight for me, to get promoted through the play-offs and score as well.
'I had a great relationship with Mark Stimson. He spoke highly of me and vice versa. We do still keep in touch and it's good to have that. He is a top man and just in the short time I spent with Andy he really helped me out when it was tough knowing if I would move or not. It's quite surprising what has happened this season. When you are one of the favourites who have just come down that brings a lot of pressure. Everyone expects you to go straight back up but to go back up at the first bounce is tough.'