JONES' DEBUT DELIGHT
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City striker pleased with goal but points to important three points
Debutant striker Kenwyne Jones was delighted to make an instant impact for the Bluebirds after scoring the winning goal in a vital 2-1 win over Norwich.
Making his debut following his January move from Stoke City last week, Jones quickly established a relationship with Cardiff City fans by guiding home his 51st minute strike, before showing his delight with an incredibly acrobatic celebration.
Speaking following a Cardiff City Stadium inaugeration to remember, Jones said: "I'm very happy. First of all happy for the team to get three points, we had to dig deep after Norwich scored so early.
"The team was naturally a bit down after they scored, but we showed great character and belief to come out in the second half and do the business. It was important for us to come out here and lift the crowd and get the three points to start lifting us up the table.
"I'm happy for myself personally for scoring, first of all to be playing football again and again I can't really explain how happy I am. I've made a bit of a reputation to score on my debut and I'm pleased to have continued that."
The Bluebirds impressively turned around a one goal deficit with two quickfire goals early in the second half, with 'keeper David Marshall also helping to claim all three points with a string of match winning saves as the Canaries pushed for parity.
It was a performance not lost on Jones, who has quickly adjusted to life in South Wales and his new Cardiff City teammates.
"Marshall has been brilliant, not just today but all season," said Jones. "I'm sure he'll continue to go from strength to strength.
"Craig Noone is an exciting player and Zaha has made a name for himself. They're here to express their abilities - they certainly did today and hopefully they can continue to do that and of course provide that service to the frontmen."
As for Jones, a debut goal and first win as a Cardiff City player proved to be the icing on the cake for a man now looking to cement his place in the starting-11 and play regular Premier League football once again.
"It was a pretty easy decision for me to come here," said the Trinidad & Tobago frontman. "You want to play football. There's not much fun about sitting on the bench, you want to be back out there playing and I was delighted to make my debut today.
"Today was a beautiful day. We know there's a long way to go yet and there's plenty of points to still pick up. Now we have to start focusing on the next game because that's all important."
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