Super Mac is living the dream with Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:11 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:07 10 September 2010

Cody McDonald capped a meteoric rise from non-league Dartford with a clinical debut goal on his first senior outing in the Canaries' vital 2-0 midweek Championship win over Cardiff.

Cody McDonald capped a meteoric rise from non-league Dartford with a clinical debut goal on his first senior outing in the Canaries' vital 2-0 midweek Championship win over Cardiff.

Cody McDonald admits he has already caught the Norwich City bug. The 22-year-old revealed that another impressive Carrow Road turnout inspired him to open his goal account after sinking Cardiff on his senior debut.

Cody McDonald admits he has already caught the Norwich City bug.

The 22-year-old revealed that another impressive Carrow Road turnout inspired him to open his goal account after sinking Cardiff on his senior debut. McDonald was playing part time for non-league Dartford and working as a scaffolder on the London Underground a few short weeks ago before the Canaries plucked the Essex boy from obscurity.

"It's a great honour to play for Norwich," he said, after being introduced for a late cameo. "The main thing was getting the three points, which we've done. When I scored, I just felt I was on a different level - it's something I thought I'd never experience and something that will hopefully keep going. I felt I did well - the pace is a lot quicker than I've experienced before, but I've been working hard in training and doing well.

"Playing in front of 24,000, it's crazy and I just want to keep doing it - the biggest crowd I've played in front of before was 2,000 in my last game for Dartford. I played there for three months and then thankfully got picked up by Norwich. It's something that you never think will happen to you. I've been putting a lot of effort into everything football wise and thankfully the gaffer gave me my chance and I want to repay him for that."

McDonald produced a masterful finish as he managed to spring Cardiff's offside trap, moved on to Alan Gow's through-ball and rounded goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos to score.

"I want this to continue for as long as possible," he said. "I'm only 22 and I'd like to think I've got a good 10 years left in me, and I hope I can keep scoring for Norwich City. The boys have all been working really hard in training and we've been performing well - we just need something to happen for us and I hope tonight will be the turning point for us."

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