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14 April 2017

Striker in reflective mood after Cottagers loss

CAMERON Jerome wanted to look to the future after a 3-1 defeat to Fulham at Carrow Road on Good Friday effectively ended Norwich City's lingering play-off hopes.

The loss leaves the Canaries 12 points off the top six with just four games of the season remaining, meaning those positions are now beyond their reach barring an extreme combination of results.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Jerome said: "There needs to be a freshening of personnel.

"That will be up to the powers that be and the new management team. Those people will make those decisions, as a player you can only state a case for wanting to be part of the club going forward.

"There are a lot of players who want to be here, but it will be down to people above us. We've got to be professional and want to end the season on a high.

"Mathematically it's impossible for us to make the play-offs but we've still got four games to go. We owe it to the fans, and to ourselves, to go into the break on a positive note."

 Trying to identify what went wrong against The Cottagers specifically, the forward added: "We knew it was going to be another difficult task.

"Fulham are a very good footballing side and they demonstrated that throughout the game. In the first half there were pivotal moments which changed the game.

"In the second half it looked like we were in the ascendancy but we lacked a bit of quality in the final-third. The goal at the end is a sucker-punch but we weren't as good as last week.

"Fair credit to them, they had to defend with their backs to the wall and they stood up to it. We just lacked what we needed with the final decision, that wasn't with us today."

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