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James Maddison: It’s such a special feeling

22 October 2017

Norwich’s matchwinner James Maddison says scoring the winning goal in the derby was a special moment.

Maddison finished coolly into the bottom corner from just inside the area to give Norwich the derby spoils.

“That’s the first derby I’ve ever played in for any team, so to get the winning goal is such a special feeling,” Maddison said. “I wasn’t sure what was around me, Stiepy has cut it back nicely, so I got a good first touch and hit it quickly. It started outside the post and bent nicely into the bottom corner.

“What a special day, it’s a great feeling. My mum and dad were in the crowd and so was my little brother so it’s just a really special feeling. The fans turned out in their numbers and you could hear them roar, and that gives you that extra couple of per cent and that really helps out.

“The fans were brilliant and it’s great to get the win for them.”

Maddison praised Daniel Farke and the coaching staff for helping to turn around City’s early season form. The win has moved City into the top six on the back on an unbeaten run of eight league games.

“It’s a great three points and great to get one over on Ipswich but we’ve got to let that go straight away,” Maddison said. “We’re on a great run of form and we just want to keep that going. We seem a lot more solid throughout the team.

“We worked relentlessly in the September international break and the results have shown on the pitch. Credit has to go to the coaching staff and the players for working so hard.”

Maddison was once again on the receiving end of some late challenges in a game that was often played at a frantic pace.

“We knew it was going to be a battle, we knew it was going to be feisty but luckily we had that little bit of quality to win it today.

“It just means so much to me and to know my family is in the crowd in such a special game and it’s live on telly, it’s definitely a goal I won’t forget.”

City are almost straight back into action with a trip to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, with 8,800 Norwich fans making the trip.

“We’re taking a huge number of fans and it’s going to be a brilliant day out for them, and it will be great to experience the Emirates,” Maddison said. “But we’re going there to win and with this group of lads I’m confident we can do that.”

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