James Maddison said Norwich City’s 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough showed the character within the Canaries’ dressing room.
City had to dig deep to maintain their lead after Maddison’s sensational 13th minute opener and they did just that to extend their unbeaten run and keep a fifth consecutive Sky Bet Championship clean sheet.
“To come to a stadium like this, you look around and it’s definitely a Premier League ground,” said Maddison. “To come here in the way we did and to play the way we did and dig in and show character is a credit to the team, the boss and the whole club.
“Obviously we highlighted we had problems not just in defence but as a defensive unit across the whole team, especially after Millwall game.
“But credit has to go to the boss and the coaching staff because we’ve worked relentlessly on the training ground. When you come to places like this and get clean sheets and three points, that’s what it’s all about.
“It doesn’t matter if we win 1-0 every game, does it? We’d take that – three points every game. I saw that Cameron [Jerome] said to the press that the goals will start coming. We’ve got a lot of talent in attack and you look at the subs we’ve got: Wes Hoolahan, Nelson Oliveira. There are definitely goals in this team but at this present time we’re having to dig in.”
On his match-winning goal, Maddison said: “The boss said it was okay? I’ll take that. That’s a very good compliment from the boss!”
“It’s one of the best I’ve scored to be honest. I know it’s a cliché but as long as it helps towards to the three points, that’s the main thing. To top it off with a nice goal is always special.”
Maddison is enjoying a fruitful spell in the City starting eleven and he believes his run in the team is aiding his development.
“I’m learning so much and playing in the Championship and starting games is helping me learn every single day. I feel like I’m constantly improving my game and to have the likes of Wes Hoolahan around me is helping me get better.”