Canadian Exports: Jackson heating up for Norwich City
For the third time in as many weeks, Simeon Jackson found the back of the net for Norwich City.
After notching his first two Premier League goals recently, Jackson brought his new-found form into Norwich’s third-round FA Cup match against Championship side Burnley. The 24-year-old, who started and played 71 minutes in the game, scored the Canaries’ winning goal en route to a 4-1 victory this past Saturday.
Appearing for Burnley in that match was Jackson’s international teammate David Edgar, who went 90 minutes at right back for the losing side.
The FA Cup wasn’t the only domestic tournament taking place in the UK over the weekend. Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone scraped past third-flight Brechin City in a 2-1 Scottish Cup win on Saturday, as 22-year-old attacker Marcus Haber played the entire match for the Saints.
The victory propelled St. Johnstone to a face off against fellow top-flight side Hearts in the fifth round.
Down in Turkey, Josh Simpson and Mike Klukowski both played 90 minutes for Manisaspor in a scoreless deadlock with Orduspor on Sunday. Manisaspor are winless in seven games and have dropped to 11th in the Süper Lig table.
Another club struggling with form lately is Australian side Brisbane Roar, who racked up a couple of draws over the past week. On Wednesday, Brisbane were part of a 3-3 shootout with Perth Glory, and three days later, the Roar played to a 1-1 tie with Adelaide United.
Issey Nakajima-Farran featured in both matches, with each resulting in very different outcomes for the A-League’s lone Canadian. In the game vs. Perth, he was a 70th-minute substitute and had very little impact in his abbreviated time on the pitch. Against Adelaide, Nakajima-Farran was in the starting lineup and scored Brisbane’s only goal — his fourth of the campaign — and was shown a yellow card on an over-enthusiastic tackle just before halftime during his 79 minutes on the field.