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Jackson: I Need a Goal, Not Just For Me But For the Team
Friday, 19th Mar 2021 12:29

As a striker, Kayden Jackson knows the score, and insists he will be doing his utmost over the 12 remaining league games to add to the only goal he has scored so far this season.

It came at Plymouth back in early December when Town came from behind to win 2-1, Jackson quickly adding to the equaliser scored by pal and colleague Jon Nolan before the pair were ostracised the following month and ordered by then manager Paul Lambert to train with the U23 group, a move that meant they were no longer being considered for selection at first team level.

Reintroduced by new boss Paul Cook when he replaced the departed Lambert early this month, Jackson is now anxious to contribute in the best way possible as Town seek to regain the top six place surrendered when they were beaten 2-0 on Tuesday at Fleetwood.

Ahead of tomorrow’s lunchtime clash at Portsmouth, another team under new management after Danny Cowley replaced Kenny Jackett this week, Jackson admitted: “I need a goal, not only for myself but to help the team win games.

“When your strikers are scoring, more often than not it means you are winning games and doing well. I just want to be out there, first of all, and to help the team, whether it’s with goals, assists or whatever. I just want to be contributing how I know I can.”

By his own admission it has been a stop-start season for Jackson, interrupted by injury as well as Lambert’s decision to axe him from the senior squad, and with just a solitary goal from nine starts and a further seven outings from the bench in League One he knows there is plenty of room for improvement from both him and the team in a campaign blighted by inconsistency.

Jackson added: “There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to a football match and as a striker or an attacking player it’s clear to see we haven’t created enough chances, which has led to us not scoring enough goals.

“We have to take that responsibility as a team because while we want to concede fewer goals we also want to dominate games and score more at the other end of the pitch. As strikers and attacking players we have to look at ourselves and take the responsibility for that side of the game.”

Meanwhile, Jackson had words of comfort for Nolan, who was also banished to the U23 group as a disciplinary measure, only to sustain a knee injury just 24 hours before he was expecting to rejoin the senior group at the behest of Cook, who said his arrival at the club would signal a fresh start for all.

Jackson explained: “After what we’d gone through for several weeks I was really disappointed for Jon when he picked up his injury. It was as if we saw the light at the end of the tunnel and then something really innocuous put him out for the rest of the season.

“It was bitterly disappointing. We’ve got a good relationship and are fairly close but that brought us in closer and it wasn’t good to see him like that.

“When it happened, we weren’t actually with the group because it was the day of the game at Accrington, so we were involved with the other lads who didn’t travel just to keep us ticking over.

“We were due to return to the squad the very next day so the timing couldn’t have been any worse for Jon. But knowing him he will come back stronger and hopefully he will make his mark on the new gaffer next season.”

Finally, Jackson addressed his current level of fitness and added: “As much running as you do on the training ground, it’s not the same as playing games and being up to speed.

“I’m looking forward to every training session and every game, and getting sharper and better as a player. I go out to try to improve, whether it’s training or playing, and hopefully I’ll be up to speed very quickly.”

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Skip73 added 13:24 - Mar 19
Good luck with that. He's simply not good enough. Our brief resurgance coincided with him being out of the squad. Play Norwood and Parrott tomorrow.

CraigEdwards added 13:46 - Mar 19
You need to put a shift in for the club. You owe the supporters kayden

Kirbmeister added 13:53 - Mar 19
84 games 15 goals. One goal every 5.6 games. He won’t be here next season.

grow_our_own added 14:01 - Mar 19
Kayden, lose half a stone. You've lost a yard of pace & acceleration because you're carrying too much meat. Speester strikers have physiques like Jamie Vardy or Darren Bent. You did too early last season when you were on top form.

ChrisR added 14:04 - Mar 19
He is fast , that's about it !
He is no striker , fails every time when one on one with keeper, can not trap the ball, useless in the air , nearly 2 mill quid , another Hurst disaster !

Linkboy13 added 14:20 - Mar 19
Norwood and Jackson looked a decent partnership last season eleven goals each with very little service from our gutless midfield. Things haven't improved this season with pinky and perky providing the service (Dozzell and Bishop).

Bluefox added 14:39 - Mar 19
Sadly I agree with Skip and Chris R. Very fast but that is about it. No spatial awareness of where to run to to maximise his speed, and no control if the ball does come to him. Inevitably the whole team suffers and plays badly when he is in the side.
Given the amount we paid for Jackson he probably represents one of the club's worst ever transfer deals. We will be luck to get £100,000 for him now. Thank you Paul Hurst.

cromwellblue added 14:52 - Mar 19
Some unfair criticism on here of Jackson. You get the best out of players by using there strengths. Playing up top alone is not his thing, he need to be in a two.

For so long we’ve played square pegs in round holes. To the detriment of the team and individuals.

I have long believed, and still do, that our biggest problem is midfield. None of them run past the strikers. That continually leaves the strikers isolated and then they get the blame.


Bluefox added 15:02 - Mar 19
Crowell blue, if your striker can't control the ball and hold it up, the midfield have got no chance of getting up alongside him . As for running beyond the striker, if your striker's asset his speed, you wouldn't expect to be running beyond him. How many midfielders do you see running ahead of Jamie Vardy?
A large part of the last year's problems were that Lambert kept changing the system in the hope of finding one that would suit Jackson without being to the detriment of the rest of the team.

SpiritOfJohn added 15:36 - Mar 19
Jackson is clearly not a target man and cannot play with his back to goal so it baffles me that he is sometimes asked to play on his own up front. I am surprised that Cook did not know this before Tuesday night. Jackson needs Norwood alongside him to do his battling for him. If Norwood and Hawkins are still unfit, Drinan would be a better option than Parrot.

TimmyH added 16:24 - Mar 19
Been a failure this season...contributed very little.

cromwellblue added 16:57 - Mar 19
Bluefox - Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Youri Tielemans to name 3


Saxonblue74 added 17:37 - Mar 19
It's not just his lack of goals that concerns me, it's how many he doesn't miss! Very rarely see him finding a yard of space or taking a chance in the 6 yard box, needs to put himself about to give himself a chance

IpswichToon added 20:34 - Mar 19
When Jackson first arrived at the club he was crazy quick. He was outrunning defenders all over the place. I don’t think I’ve even seen that pace from him even once in the last 18 months.

stiggytrunk1955 added 21:38 - Mar 19
couldent score in a brothel

FramlinghamBlue added 22:50 - Mar 19
Kayden Jackson scored 16 in 49 for Accrington Stanley in league two. Why he or we think he will be better in league one is beyond me.
He admits himself his only positive aspect is pace. He never speaks on the pitch, doesn’t lead the line, doesn’t get more than one or two shots off a match, doesn’t hustle defenders. He was an appalling signing by Hurst, another deal allowed by ME.

Skip73 added 23:46 - Mar 19
Yes you do, but I'm not holding my breath. The worst striker ITFC has ever had.

shakytown added 00:42 - Mar 20
Cromwellblue. Could not agree more about our midfielders. Just lazy ballwatchers who do very little to help either in attack or defense.

Texastom added 11:42 - Mar 20
Yes you do but I cant see it my friend, you aren’t good enough and hope you leave eos.

Texastom added 11:44 - Mar 20
Reminds me of Richard Naylor, but worse. Never makes the right pass, poor decision maker. Just a poor player.

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