Canadian Exports: Mixed week for Jackson and Norwich
It was a week of highs and lows for Canadian international Simeon Jackson.
On Tuesday, Jackson found himself in the starting lineup for Norwich City in Carling Cup play. Heading into the match, the Canaries were big favorites over English third-division opponents MK Dons, yet they lost in disastrous fashion, 4-0.
Jackson was — like his team — ineffective in his 90 minutes on the field, only registering a couple of shots late in the second half, well after the game was already out of reach.
Two days previous, the 24-year-old striker finally made his Premier League debut after watching Norwich’s first match from the bench, when he entered Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke in the 84th minute.
The Carling Cup result is a hugely disappointing one for Norwich, who are expected to struggle in the EPL and looked to make their mark in other competitions.
Meanwhile, David “Junior” Hoilett continued to be an offensive catalyst for Blackburn Rovers, assisting on teammate Morten Gamst Pedersen’s 52nd-minute goal on Saturday. Hoilett and Pedersen’s good work wasn’t enough, however, as Blackburn fell 3-1 to Aston Villa in EPL play.
In the English Championship, David Edgar watched from the bench as his team, Burnley, drew visiting Cardiff City 1-1 in league play. Edgar did see some action on Tuesday in the Carling Cup, entering as a second-half substitute as Burnley defeated fourth-tier Barnet 3-2.
Missing out on any game action for his Championship side was Jaime Peters, who may have been fortunate not to make the subs’ bench as his Ipswich Town were hammered 7-1 by Peterborough United over the weekend.
North of the border, St. Johnstone got their first win of the 2011-12 Scottish Premier League season in the toughest of fashions: by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Celtic Park on Sunday.
It was the Saints’ first victory at the famed Glasgow stadium in more than a decade, and helping celebrate the achievement was Marcus Haber, the 22-year-old attacker who transferred permanently to St. Johnstone after a successful loan spell last year from former club West Bromwich Albion.
Haber has featured in all four Saints matches so far this season, including two starts.
Over in Germany, defender Kevin McKenna played the first 85 minutes of FC Köln’s 1-1 deadlock with Kaiserslautern. The draw gives Köln their first point of the new Bundesliga campaign.
Fellow Canadian defender Marcel de Jong also saw Bundesliga action over the weekend, as he started and played the first 70 minutes for FC Augsburg in a 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim.
In Hannover, transfer-listed striker Rob Friend sat out Hertha BSC’s 1-1 away draw. There are a handful of clubs interested in Friend’s services, most of which are in the upper tier of the 2.Bundesliga.
Speaking of the German second division, Olivier Occean and Greuther Fürth rang off their fourth win of the season, a 3-0 victory over FC Ingolstadt. Occean notched the game-winner — his fourth in five games — just nine minutes into the match.
Also in the win column were FC Energie Cottbus, Adam Straith’s club. The young defender did not get into Cottbus’ 2-0 win over Karlsruher, however.
Meanwhile over in the Netherlands, Atiba Hutchinson made his return to the PSV Eindhoven lineup after recovering from an injury suffered at this summer’s Gold Cup. The 28-year-old midfielder subbed into PSV’s 3-0 win versus ADO Den Haag in the 69th minute.
PSV Eindhoven are currently in sixth in the Eredivisie table.
Down in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, Andrew Ornoch and Telstar fell 3-1 at league leaders FC Eindhoven last Friday. Ornoch was a 58th-minute entrant into the match, his third appearance of the campaign.
Over at Ornoch’s old club, Veendam, young midfielder Alex Marello continued to wait for his shot. The 22-year-old made the bench for the third time this season and watched as Veendam lost 2-1 to MVV.
Up in Norway, goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld collected another clean sheet for Vålerenga in a 2-0 victory over Sarpsborg on Saturday. Vålerenga are in ninth place in the Tippeligaen, but are only nine points below second-place Tromsø.
Slightly up the table, Haugesund and defender Chris Pozniak drew Rosenborg 2-2 to remain in seventh place. Pozniak played for just under an hour before being pulled for an attacking option.
In nearby Finland, Mason Trafford went the distance for IFK Mariehamn in a 2-2 draw with JJK. Fellow Canuck Luca Bellisomo was a halftime entrant for Mariehamn, who now sit eighth in the Veikkausliiga after 21 rounds.
On Sunday, a pair of Canadians went head to head, as Tomer Chencinski’s VPS fell 2-1 to Riley O’Neill’s MyPa. Chencinski played 90 minutes in goal for the losing side, while O’Neill was a late substitute, getting into the match with 20 minutes remaining.