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JACKSON HOPING FOR BRIGHT START

11 January 2013

Striker keen to hit the ground running against Newcastle

CITY striker Simeon Jackson is hoping to pick up where he left off if selected for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Carrow Road.

The Canadian international scored a fantastic second goal in City’s 3-0 FA Cup triumph over Peterborough at London Road, and is desperate to add to it on Saturday in front of the Yellow Army.

The popular striker could be in line for a start with doubts still hanging over the fitness of captain Grant Holt and Steve Morison, and is determined to make the most of any chances that come his way.

He told Canaries Player: “It’s always good to get out there and play, and to top it off with a goal and a win [against Peterborough] to take us through to the next round is always good.

“There were good performances out there last week, and all of those will be looking to get the nod from the Manager this week, so hopefully a few will be in.

“It’s an opportunity for me. Team wise it isn’t good to have two main strikers injured, but it’s an opportunity for me and one I’ll be looking to take.

“I’ve just been carrying on doing what I’ve been doing in training. Obviously competition is tough and you just have to go out there every day and keep trying to stay fit and sharp. 

“The Manager knows what’s in his squad and for me it’s just about doing what I do best, and hopefully I can get out there and do it on Saturday.”

Prior to Saturday’s FA Cup win, the Canaries had slipped to four straight defeats which masked what were some impressive performances in tight matches, but Jackson is adamant that heads have not dropped.

“Firstly as a group it has always been good,” said Jackson. “Whether we’re flying or not doing too well – the morale and togetherness is always there. 

“We’ve just been unfortunate with results recently. We’ve done well with some performances I think, but it didn’t happen and hopefully we can get a win this weekend.

“Newcastle have lost the big man Demba Ba up front, but they will still be strong and looking to turn things around in the New Year as well, so it should be a big one.

“We do well at home, and even though we’ve lost a couple recently, we’ll still go out there and start brightly and try to get the win.”

To watch the full press conference with Simeon Jackson on Canaries Player, click here.

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