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James Maddison: The very least we deserved

10 February 2018

James Maddison says his second half equaliser away to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday was the very least Norwich City deserved.

The Canaries went into the break 1-0 down and having seen Nelson Oliveira's penalty saved, but responded with an outstanding second half showing against the high-flying Rams.

Controlling the contest following the restart, Daniel Farke's side eventually levelled through their second spot-kick of the day - Maddison this time rolling home from 12 yards.

"We definitely should have won," he told Norwich City TV after the match.

"Derby are a strong side and it shows how well we played. We controlled the second half and had chances.

"We're happy, but disappointed we didn't win. Scott Carson [Derby's goalkeeper] got Man of the Match today, which says everything.

The playmaker absolved Oliveira of any blame for City not taking maximum points, instead pointing to the qualities the frontman brought to the team's collective performance.

"Nelson was brilliant today, which is has been in recent weeks as well," Maddison added.

"He's going through a spell at the moment where he just can't seem to score. His hold-up play has been good; he takes the ball in but is able to turn in one movement.

"A lot of strikers can't do that. He didn't get the goal and missed the penalty but it's about him keeping going.

"All strikers go through a spell where it doesn't fall for you. We'll keep him going, because he's a class player."

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