Jackson delighted to give his manager a headache
Striker Simeon Jackson is not banking on a place in the Norwich City starting eleven for their crucial Championship match at Swansea – despite ending his long goal drought with a whirlwind hat-trick.
The Canadian international had waited more than five months for a goal when he struck three times after coming on as a substitute, as the Canaries stormed to a 6-0 home win over Scunthorpe on Saturday.
With skipper Grant Holt netting three times earlier in the afternoon, it was the first time two City players had scored hat-tricks in a League game.
Victory took Paul Lambert's men four points clear in second place ahead of Saturday's trip to the Liberty Stadium, with just seven matches to go.
Jackson, who replaced on-loan Spanish debutant Dani Pacheco 20 minutes from time with the score at 3-0, scored twice in as many minutes before adding a third in stoppage time, but knows competition for places in attack is such that there is no guarantee he will start the next game – even with Wes Hoolahan a fitness doubt because of a hamstring problem.
'It's up to the manager. He has a headache now,' said Jackson. 'It's one of those things. Dani has come in and done magnificently, and the whole team has been playing well.
'So definitely the strength in the squad we have is going to make it a lot more difficult, but it's what we need.
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'The way everyone has been playing has made it a lot more difficult. But that's what you want, especially where you are in the league. You want competition and it's going to push us on to the end and hopefully get us up there.'
Jackson's last goal for City prior to Saturday was the winner at home to Middlesbrough on October 23.
He said: 'It was good, it's been a long time coming. I haven't scored for months. So it's a big, massive relief and just to tie it to the way we have been playing was really good.
'As a striker you just have to get into the box and get on the end of things, and that is what I've done.
'The skipper did that as well early on, so it's a credit to the way we have been playing and just getting the result was the most important thing.
'Even watching it from the sides, some of the stuff we played was unreal, and to come on and play a part, get some goals, was even better.'
Jackson, returning from midweek international duty against Belarus, scored after 75 and 77 minutes and had already put one header wide in injury time when he diverted Andrew Surman's cross-shot into the net, almost on the whistle, to complete his treble.
'The way we were playing, chances were coming and I knew there would be another one left in it, so I was just delighted it came,' he said.
• City will be cheered on by 2,000 supporters at Swansea on Saturday evening after the final tickets of the club's allocation were snapped up yesterday.
With the match being shown live on Sky the Canaries teamed up with Anglian Home Improvements to offer coach travel to the game for just �5, and the initiative has proved to be a huge success, with 21 coaches heading to South Wales.
Travelling fans will get first refusal on tickets for City's final away fixture of the season at Portsmouth on May 2 – also being shown live by Sky – with vouchers being handed out before the game.