EXCLUSIVE – James Norwood: “51 goals in two and a half seasons, it’s obviously a massive achievement”

By Peter Tscherewik

Having passed fifty goals for the Super Whites, James Norwood is now among 23 others to have hit that milestone. The striker says it was always a case of “sink or swim” when he signed for Tranmere in May 2015.

He has been consistent in front of goal in every season he has played at the club, scoring 19 domestic goals in his first, 14 in the second, and is currently on 13 for this campaign with 10 games left.

The 27-year old is Tranmere’s top assister for 2017-18, and second only in goals to Andy Cook (16). Norwood said he is very proud to have scored 51 goals for the club, but insisted that it all comes down to teamwork.

He said: “51 goals in 2 and half seasons, I think 110 games or something, it’s obviously a massive achievement.

“But again it’s not possible without the 10 other players that are playing, because if they don’t give you the ball, or put the cross in, they don’t keep clean sheets – then you don’t get the chances.”

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Norwood celebrates scoring a one-on-one against Ebbsfleet United (Credit – Tranmere Rovers)

Rovers have scored 57 goals this season, only AFC Fylde have netted more times than Micky Mellon’s side (61) and Norwood, Cook and Connor Jennings have been pivotal in the team’s success having scored 37 between them.

When asked if there is any competition between him and Cook for the top goalscorer accolade at the club come the end of this season, Norwood said that the pair both want each other to do well.

He said: “We get on well, we both want each other to do well. He sets me up and I set him up, it’s important that if we’re going to play together this season that we’re not in competition with each other.”

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Norwood (left), Connor Jennings and Andy Cook celebrate (Credit – James Norwood: @JNorwood_10/Twitter)

Prior to our exclusive interview taking place, we asked our followers on Twitter what their favourite Norwood goal was and there were many different responses. However, the clear favourite was his disallowed goal against Eastleigh in the 2015-16 season.

The striker agreed with that view, claiming it was “probably the best” but insisted that it was definitely not offside.

“There was a free-kick in the centre circle, i’ve peeled off behind the centre half and Jay Harris has clipped a ball over the top and I’m two yards onside, chested it and volleyed it first time into the top corner with my left foot from about 25-yards.

“We looked at the video I was two yards onside, their centre half said to me you were onside there, the keeper said I was onside. I can’t even say it I’ll get fined, but the certain person went, ‘no, you’re offside!'”, he said.

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