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Cameron Jerome thought a goalless draw was going to buck Norwich City’s Newcastle United trend – instead, he was happy to take a point off the classy Championship leaders

PUBLISHED: 23:45 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 23:52 14 February 2017

Cameron Jerome has been back to his best for City.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome has been back to his best for City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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They may have conceded a late equaliser, but Cameron Jerome was happy to take a point off the Championship leaders.

Cameron Jerome gets the chance to celebrate before slotting home his 10th goal of the season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesCameron Jerome gets the chance to celebrate before slotting home his 10th goal of the season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City and Newcastle United laid on another enthralling encounter that belied the two club’s Championship status and it was City who succumbed with nine minutes left of normal time – albeit earlier but less destructive than their giveaway at St James’ Park back in September.

“I saw a stat before the game that there had been 20 goals in the last three games between us, so I thought this could be a 0-0!” joked Jerome, who had completed the hosts’s first-half comeback before the interval.

“This just goes to show both teams try to play the right way, to play open attractive football, and I thought it was a good spectacle for both sets of supporters.

“I’m sure everyone will go away thinking a point will do both sides. It’s another point in the right direction for us and keeps the momentum and good feeling around the place going, and we move on to Saturday (at Burton) now. That’s another big game.”

Cameron Jerome gets a hug from Jonny Howson after putting the Canaries ahead against the Championship leaders. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesCameron Jerome gets a hug from Jonny Howson after putting the Canaries ahead against the Championship leaders. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

City have lost just once in nine games, as they seek to recover their promotion hopes – although two dropped points mean they are now four behind the top six.

“Before the game we’d have probably taken a point,” admitted Jerome. “We knew it was going to be a tough test for us but you want to test yourself against the best teams and they are one of the best in the division, there’s no doubt about that.

“They’ve had that level of consistency throughout the season, a little bit more than what we have. It was a good game, a good game to play in and probably a fair point overall for both sides.”

And all after a horrendous start for Alex Neil’s men, conceding to Ayoze Perez after just 23 seconds.

“I mean, they came flying out of the blocks and it was sloppy from us,” said Jerome. “It was sloppy defending and they capitalised on that, got the goal, and we showed great character to come back and really press them high, and forced the mistakes our goals came from.”

Propped up against a wall, Jerome added: “It was a big effort from all the boys. We dug deep and we were hanging on a little bit in the second half. They really pushed us and tested us. We stood up strong, just couldn’t see out those last minutes. But it could be a crucial point come May.”

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10 comments

  • FC, I stated the same on the match report earlier, As I got to the ground and saw the team sheet, I feared the worst but to be fair to Whittaker, he had one of his better games. Likewise, CJ worked hard and had he not put pressure on their keeper we may well have lost the game. We certainly did not look better once he was replaced with Lafferty. Ruddy deserved man of the match for me with some outstanding saves. Our centre back pairing did look very wobbly a number of times but I suspect the two match ban on Tettey meant he was not quite up to speed especially early on. Newcastle are the quality side in the Championship, have the best manager and are rightly full of confidence. I think AN got it right by dropping one of his two lighter weight attacking midfielders, I would have rested Wes and started with Pritchard but it would have always been a close call. I was surprised to see Wildschut taken of for Pritchard as I thought Wes was looking tired at that point in the game. Howson was quiet by Saturdays standard but perhaps this was not his kind of game as we had less possession than normal. To be fair to Wes, he kept Shelvey quiet for most of the game and then Pritchard came on and forced their ball player out to the wings in an attempt to get away from him. I left the ground happy with a point so no need to complain about anything including the manager.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Good point, 8 from 12. Win the next two and with teams above us playing each other, we should be in the mix for a play off place.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Jerome and Ruddy had great games last night. Couldn't believe someone on Canary Call who thought Jerome shouldn't have been on the pitch. -no "work rate!" He was watching a different game to me. Both of our goals were down to Jerome's hard work. We dropped two points, yes, but we still have 5 of the top 6 to play and with the increased confidence and belief that our recent form breeds, we can win those games. Defence for me is still the stumbling block. Both centre backs looked lost last night. Klose was asleep for their first goal. I actually thought that Whitaker had a reasonable game.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Nowhere near the finished article and in need of a manager who knows what he is doing mabe next season when the board have emerged from their wine bottles

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Nowhere near the finished article and in need of a manager who knows what he is doing mabe next season when the board have emerged from their wine bottles

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Nowhere near the finished article and in need of a manager who knows what he is doing mabe next season when the board have emerged from their wine bottles

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Nowhere near the finished article and in need of a manager who knows what he is doing mabe next season when the board have emerged from their wine bottles

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Yet again, no win against a top half team. This is a major concern this year, let alone if we go up. Playing a decent side every week in the prem is a bit of a guarantee after all. Based on that totally unacceptable record, we still need a management and squad clear out in the summer.

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • Well I guess that 2-2 was a fair result on balance - but we could really have done with all three points. Essential that we keep the good form going now with big wins against Burton & 1p5wich before two tough away games in early March ! Beyond these most games look winnable through to the end of the season and victories at Sheff Weds & Leeds away could prove to be the defining points of the season.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • After Saturday's euphoria, tonight was reality. Newcastle could have and probably should have won the game with their second half dominance. With 5 changes from Saturday, unsurprisingly City looked like strangers in the first five minutes. That City came back strong was great to watch, but it always seemed unlikely to end 2-1. Why Pritchard was dropped to the bench only AN knows. MotM could be shared by Ruddy and Jerome. Not a game for Whitaker, Martin and Howson to wish to remember.

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    GolfingCanary

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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