Simeon Jackson glad to take his Norwich City opportunity against QPR
Simeon Jackson made the most of his return to Norwich City duty at the weekend – and is already itching to build on the momentum.
Left out of Chris Hughton's first matchday squad for the humbling at Fulham, the Canadian international was given a starting berth alongside Grant Holt against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
And it took him just 12 minutes to repay his manager's faith, putting his head in where it mattered to finish a classy move and light up Carrow Road for the first time this season.
The Canaries could not maintain their advantage for long, but as far as Jackson is concerned getting something out the Saturday's game was the key goal.
'It is all about the momentum and definitely, this point is a massive plus for us,' said Jackson. 'To come out here and do well and put in the performances we did, off the back of last week, we can build on this, take the positives and now try to get a win.
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'It was a good result. It was important for us to come out and start well, like we did. Unfortunately we didn't get the win but we can still take a lot of positives.
'There were some good all-round performances from everyone and it was good to come out and get an early goal. You have to try to build the momentum and take what you can from this game and bring it into the game on Tuesday.'
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Capital One Cup action arrives at Carrow Road with a second round League Cup tie with Scunthorpe United. But for now, City can at least enjoy getting their first Premier League point on the board – although some of a Norwich persuasion may feel a little disappointed it was not all three given the chances they had.
Certainly Jackson had a good opportunity to regain City's lead moments after the interval, but fired into the near side-netting of Robert Green's goal.
'I miscalculated my angles to be honest, but it was good to be getting chances and we did have some of them,' added Jackson.
'I thought it was pretty much a fair result. We had more chances and based on that we should've won but we didn't, so we take a point from it and build on it.
'Both teams responded well (to opening day 5-0 defeats). It was a bit edgy because both teams coming off the back of results like that you want to come out and do well, and you could see it was a bit edgy at times.'
The Canaries showed a cohesion that was missing and fatally punished at Fulham. But Jackson admitted City are still getting up to speed with how manager Chris Hughton wants his new charges to battle.
'We've had all pre-season for bedding in, but it is going to take time to get accustomed to everything and the manager's ideas of how we want to play, and I think we're doing that well,' added the striker. 'Off the back of last week, it was important here we did that and mastered that, and now we just have to build on it and keep learning, keep adjusting.'
That included the new faces continuing to flow into Carrow Road. Javier Garrido and Sebastien Bassong were the debutants on Saturday, while Norwegian midfielder Alexander Tettey was unveiled before kick-off. More may follow before Friday's transfer deadline.
'Everyone has fitted in well and it's going to take time for everyone to adjust and for whoever else comes in, but it's part and parcel of the game,' added Jackson.