Norwich City striker Jackson savouring every minute
Striker Simeon Jackson added a national award to his growing Norwich City goal tally yesterday and admitted: 'I don't want the season to end.'
The man whose goal secured Premier League football for the Canaries has been named npower Championship Player of the Month for April.
Jackson scored eight times in six appearances last month, before his winner against Portsmouth at Fratton Park clinched promotion on Monday.
It has been a remarkable tunraround for the Canadian international, who went more than five months without scoring until he struck a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute 20 minutes from time at home to Scunthorpe on April 2.
After that 6-0 victory, he bagged a valuable equaliser at Watford, scored in the 5-1 win at Ipswich and followed it up with an Easter Monday hat-trick against Derby at Carrow Road.
The 24-year-old went into the final Championship match of the season at home to Coventry City today (12.45pm) on 13 goals for the season, a tally he could never have imagined had anyone forecast it five weeks ago.
'I would have laughed at them, to be honest. I wouldn't have believed it,' he said. 'When you're not playing and you're not scoring, you're definitely hungry for goals and that game was when I was really looking for it and it continued on from there.
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'I'm just delighted. It's been a really good month for me and the way it's just gone with the whole promotion, I really don't want the season to end. It's been good to turn it round and play a part in helping us get promotion.'
Sky Sports' Football League expert Peter Beagrie, who sits on the judging panel for the award, said: 'Jackson produced a show of true marksmanship in April.
'He began May in similar style, scoring the most important goal of his career to secure Norwich an automatic promotion spot.'
Jackson admitted the prospect of playing Premier League football was a dream come true, but one he had yet to really grasp.
'It's still a shock – nothing's really sinking in yet. It's definitely an exciting time,' he said.
'I dreamt about it. It was something that was always in the back of my mind but to actually do it is a totally different thing.
'Just the whole experience, playing at the highest level possible and showing what you can do. It's where everyone wants to be.
'There's no point in just going out there. You have to pick up results and try to stay in the league, so we'll definitely be focusing on that but right now it's a case of letting it sink in.'
Today's game against the Sky Blues offers the chance for City to wrap up the campaign with a 24th Championship victory and celebrate with another Carrow Road full house.
'It's a bit of both. We go into every game trying to win and play well – we might be champions if we get a result. It will definitely be a more enjoyable game,' said Jackson.