Norwich City’s hat-trick man Jackson is repaying Lambert’s faith

Easter hat-trick hero Simeon Jackson has thanked Paul Lambert for keeping faith with him.

Jackson's last-gasp stoppage time winner against Derby on Bank Holiday Monday kept City in the second automatic Championship promotion spot and maintained his own red-hot streak in front of goal.

Lambert hailed the Canadian international as 'unplayable' against the Rams and labelled his cool lob for Norwich's second a 'world class' strike.

Jackson's eight goals in his last six games have underpinned the Canaries' bid for a second consecutive promotion push after notching his first hat-trick of the campaign in the recent 6-0 romp against Scunthorpe.

The 24-year-old had gone five months since scoring a senior goal prior to his stunning cameo against the Iron following his protracted summer move from Gillingham.

Jackson's prolific spell at the Priestfield marked him out as one of Lambert's key close season transfer targets following League One title success and the predator is now delivering after his pivotal role in another late, late show against the Rams.

He said: 'The whole time the gaffer has been brilliant with me since I came here. He has always given me a chance and it's up to me to keep my place here and through hard work and determination I have managed to keep fighting. It's turned around and now things are going well.

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'If you ask the gaffer, he is probably complaining that we are going to give him a heart-attack. Listen, you want to win games any way you can and if you have to do it in the 90th minute then so be it.

'Everyone is buzzing. The fans are a on a real high and the players have to keep this going for the next two games. Everyone is enjoying their football but we have to make sure we finish off the job now.'

Jackson's close range winner not only deprived Cardiff of second spot after the Bluebirds' 1-0 win at doomed Preston, but also delayed QPR's promotion party.

Hundreds of Rangers' fans had streamed onto the Loftus Road pitch following their 1-1 draw with Hull before news of Jackson's match-winner filtered through. QPR boss Neil Warnock admitted Norwich's stoppage time heroics left the leaders' deflated.

He said: 'Is there a feeling of anti-climax in the dressing room? I should think so. A few words were said.

'I was disappointed to concede a goal like we did so late on but they've done brilliantly. Five points clear with two games to go and 13 goals difference. I can't ask for any more than that. It's a miracle really.

'It's disappointing not to have tied the Championship up. We should be going into the last two games not having to get a point, but it doesn't surprise me really with my team. We keep things going right to the end.

'I never thought we were up, but I think the fans know the goal difference is quite good and unless we do something that we haven't done for a long time, other than Scunthorpe away, it's a healthy position to be in.'