Norwood happy with start of the season
James Norwood spoke today at a signing session at Planet Blue with strike partner Kayden Jackson.
On the start of the season, his form and his partnership with Jackson, Norwood said: “It’s been a good few weeks for me and the team, really. We’ve created chances and both Kayden and I have been scoring goals, which is always important.
“We’re a partnership and with two up front you hope both of you will be scoring, and if the front players are finding the back of the net you are looking for us to be where we are, sitting at the top of the league.”
“Obviously, as a striker you are a little bit disappointed if you don’t score in every game, but we’re top of the league, the two strikers are scoring goals and we’re creating chances.
“There’s not a lot to complain about and if that continues we should sit there for the rest of the season.”
Last week at Bolton, Norwood scored two goals but could have easily scored a hat trick before being withdrawn, was that something which plays on his mind?
“I was very frustrated. Obviously, it was great to get the three points but I looked at that game as a chance to score goals with a 99 per cent chance that we would win it.
“To come off having missed a couple of chances that I’m not used to missing was very frustrating, but after a 5-0 win with a clean sheet and three points we just move on to the next game.
“The missed chances were the type I would expect to put away and I did it regularly for Tranmere last season. But as a striker you can have off days and if my off day is scoring two then I’ll take that every day of the week.”
Even though he was frustrated in not getting his hat trick, Norwood is still on course to reach his 20 goal target this season.
“If Bolton stay in the league – and I hope they do – then, yes, but if they don’t I’m only on two goals.
“I’m a little bit ahead of schedule but the important thing is that we keep that number one spot in the league.
“I don’t think anyone takes a league position too seriously at this stage of the season. There are another four teams alongside us on 11 points so it’s a bit bunched up at the moment.
“It’s our goal difference that puts us top but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves, although it’s nice to be the side that the others are chasing.”
When asked about his partnership with Jackson, Norwood replied: “I think everyone can see that game by game we’re getting better and better.
“We understand each other’s game a little bit more and we’re quite similar in terms of how we play.
“But we’ve also learned to adjust and after working with each other on different things you can see how well it’s going.
“In the Wimbledon game, when Kayden came on and we linked up a good few times, we both came away with a goal and then we had two each at Bolton.”
When asked if the pair could potentially work together in a higher division, Norwood said: “We’re intelligent enough to know that you have to be able to adjust and I think we’re both smart players,”
“You’ve got to be able to adapt, especially in League One because the higher up you go the more you’re going to have to play in different formations with different people.
“It just proves how hard we work in training together and the gaffer’s belief that we can partner each other is reaping the benefits now.
“But we’re not the only two strikers at the club. Jordan Roberts and Will Keane are also looking to play so for any player it’s staying on your toes.
“You have to keep scoring goals and doing what the gaffer wants in order to stay in the team.
“It’s healthy competition and being a striker is different to the other positions because we all want each other to do well and score goals.
“Ultimately it’s about being successful and if the lads are scoring goals you wish them well and hope they carry on scoring goals because that’s what brings the team three points.”