Stark warning from Cameron Jerome to spark Norwich City
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Time to pull our fingers out, is Cameron Jerome's stark warning to his Norwich City team mates.
The Canaries have fallen well off the Championship promotion pace since topping the table in September and Jerome knows it is now reaching a critical point.
'It is a bit demoralising sometimes taking one step forward and two back,' he said. 'It is time we pulled our fingers out and put a sequence of results together. It is about consistency and that is what this league is all about. It is frustrating. We are in a spell for a while now where we can't seem to shake ourselves out of it, but there are 20 games or so left. That is a lot of football and a lot of points and we are still confident we can bridge the gap - even if it takes until the last game or two of the season that will not change our goal. We want promotion.
'Why it has happened is the million dollar question. We are still working hard on the training ground to find the right solution. Let's be honest, I wouldn't have predicted we would be in this position in the table. I am certainly disappointed to be talking about chasing teams and catching them up rather than being the one to be shot at. All you can do is turn that into a positive and get some continuity in our results because performances have been there in patches.'
Jerome is in line for an extended run with Nelson Oliveira starting the first of a three-match ban on Saturday against Wolves.
'That is unfortunate for him but it is chance for me to come in and help the team out,' he said. 'Hopefully I can get a place and keep it. It is part and parcel of being in a squad, and we have a big squad here. I got injured and Nelson got in the team and now someone else has an opportunity. You need a game or two to get yourself going when you have been out of the side. I was injured for a while, didn't train, didn't play, didn't do anything. I was sat on my backside for four weeks so coming on for 10 minutes here or there wasn't doing me any good. I feel like I am over that now. I am fully fit, focused and ready to go again.'