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James Maddison: It's hard to take

10 March 2018

James Maddison was left disappointed after his first-half hattrick counted for little as City lost 4-3 at Hull.

Maddison scored two penalties and hit a wonderful solo effort to put Norwich 3-1 up, but Hull came back to earn a vital three points.

“It’s not mixed emotions – it’s just one emotion, of disappointment,” Maddison said. “To be 3-1 up in the first half away from home and not come away with at least a point is hard to take.

“Being able to shut teams out has been one of our strengths this season but we didn’t manage to do that today and that’s why we’re going home empty-handed. We didn’t defend well enough, we didn’t track runners into the box and we didn’t read it as well as we have done.”

Maddison’s hattrick took his tally for the season to 12, and he admitted the responsibility is something he enjoys.

“Pressure and responsibility is something I thrive on. Things like being the penalty taker, which some would say is a pressure, is something I enjoy. I love football, I haven’t been well the last couple of days. I had a room to myself and had breakfast on my own, but I just wanted to play.”

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