Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich City: James Maddison happy with his ‘OK’ match-winner

James Maddison celebrates after scoring City's winner at the Riverside Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

James Maddison celebrates after scoring City's winner at the Riverside Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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It may have been labelled just OK by Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke, but James Maddison was still happy to take it as a compliment.


Maddison’s gorgeous 13th-minute strike was worthy of winning any game of football – but City will certainly take the fact it earned them a superb 1-0 victory at pre-season Championship favourites Middlesbrough, coming with a fifth successive league clean sheet.

“He called it OK? I’ll take that off the boss – that’s a very big compliment off him actually,” said a beaming Maddison.

“Yeah, it’s one of the best ones I’ve scored, to be honest – and I know it’s a cliché but as long as it helps towards the three points, tha’ts the best thing. And to top it off with a nice goal like that is always special.

“It’s definitely one of the highlights of my career. You come to a stadium like this and you look around, and it’s a Premier League ground and a Premier League club.

James Maddison fires the Canaries into an early lead at the Riverside Stadium. James Maddison fires the Canaries into an early lead at the Riverside Stadium.

“To come here in the way we did, play the way we did and dig in, to show the character that we showed tonight, was just a credit to the team, the boss and the whole club.”

The 20-ear-old added: “That clean sheet record speaks for itself. We highlighted that we had problems – not in the defence but as a defending unit, across the whole team; especially after the Millwall game, as has been highlighted a lot in the press.

“As I said, credit can only go to the boss and the coaching staff because we worked relentlessly on the training ground to put it right – and when you come to places like this and get clean sheets, that’s what it’s about.”

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