Probably the easiest goal I’ve scored – Simeon Jackson

Norwich City matchwinner Simeon Jackson labelled his decisive Middlesbrough strike as the 'easiest' of his career.

The 23-year-old predator is closing in on a century of goals in the paid ranks for club and country but struggled to recall one quite as simple as the tap-in that cemented Norwich's top four Championship spot.

Jackson anticipated strike partner Grant Holt's cutback to slot into an empty net a minute before the break to pile fresh misery on managerless Boro.

'It's probably the easiest goal I've ever scored,' he said. 'They are the ones you dream about, a couple of yards out, but it was great play all round from the cross to Holty just knocking it back down and it was important to go 1-0 up when we did just before half time and then to keep the lead

'Holty made the goal. I was luckily in the right position at the right time.

'Unfortunately we didn't really create that much after half time but that is how it goes sometimes.

'In some games you have to drop back and keep your shape and I felt we did that well and we managed to come away with the three points.' Jackson reserved special praise for Anthony McNamee whose deep cross was diverted by Holt back into his path. The ex-Swindon wide player impressed on a rare start as Paul Lambert shuffled his pack.

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'It's brilliant for me as a striker to have someone like Anthony wide,' said Jackson.

'He is looking to get the ball in at every opportunity, get one versus one and get crosses in the box. As a striker you just have to make sure you get on the end of things and he was magnificent for us so credit to him.'

Jackson appears to have picked up the goalscoring mantle from League One hotshots Holt and Chris Martin after a fourth goal in his last five games for club and country.

'The Canadian international is relishing the chance to forge a frontline partnership with skipper Holt. 'It's still early days and I think we've only played three or four games together but it's good for me,' he said. 'You know what he is all about, backing in and holding the ball up very well and I'm trying to get an understanding which is vital when you play in that position and that will come with time.'