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James Maddison: I relish the big games

14 February 2018

James Maddison says the pressure that comes hand-in-hand with games such as Sunday's East Anglian derby meeting with Ipswich Town is something he thrives upon.

The attacking midfielder struck the only goal as City took three points from their local rivals back in October, firing home in the second half with a typically clinical finish.

Now, Maddison is eager seize the opportunity to make his derby mark on home turf in front of a full house at Carrow Road.

"I got my first taste of it at Portman Road, and it wasn't a bad one!," he told reporters following last weekend's draw at Derby County.

"I've got a strong character, I'm strong-minded. If opposition fans boo me, it drives me on even more and makes me play better.

"It will be a different game to earlier in the season. We'll go into it wanting to take the game to Ipswich, like we did against Derby.

"We're in good form and want to show that. We'll take each game as it comes and look to accumulate points."

The former Coventry player reached double figures in City's last outing, with his second half penalty ensuring a share of the spoils at Pride Park.

"To get my tenth of the season is something I'm really happy with," he added.

"Hopefully I can chip in with a few more. As a number ten, you have to have end product with goals or assists.

"In the first six months of this season I've proven myself at this level. I'm happy to be playing games and that's all I'm thinking about.

"I'm a 21-year-old lad who just wants to play football. I always knew I'd take my chance when I got it, and Daniel Farke gave me that chance.

"He's improved my game and my form is as much down to him and the coaching staff as it is down to me."

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