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Grant Leadbitter keeping cool following Middlesbrough’s demolition of Norwich City

00:58 05 November 2014

Grant Leadbitter celebrates Middlesbrough's third goal in the background, as the Norwich City players look for answers. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Leadbitter celebrates Middlesbrough's third goal in the background, as the Norwich City players look for answers. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Middlesbrough’s two-goal hero was happy to play it cool after Norwich City were put to the sword at the Riverside Stadium.

“I wanted a hat-trick tonight, but the win was most important,” said Grant Leadbitter. “We weren’t at our best tonight but still came away 4-0 winners.

“Norwich are a good team and I think we were a bit fortunately to go in 2-0 up at half-time. But we took it, and we came out in the second half and ran out deserved winners in the end.

“We are on a roll but we want to keep that up and performing well.”

And while there will be recriminations for Norwich’s part in Tuesday night’s 4-0 Championship defeat, there was a tangible feelgood factor around Aitor Karanka’s side as they continue to look like turning last season’s good form into a sustained promotion push this term.

“It’s good enjoyment at the moment, but you don’t overstep that mark,” added Leadbitter. “You don’t get complacent. We will go in tomorrow and you train properly, and keep the dressing room together – because complacency in this league comes back to bite you.”

Patrick Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, made the early breakthrough and having spent the second half of last season helping Derby into the play-offs, the young midfielder is hoping for even better with Boro.

He added: “Norwich have come down from the Premier League and they showed their experience with the way they passed the ball about.

“But I thought we dealt with that and even though we didn’t play well, we quelled their attacks and stopped them creating anything major.”

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6 comments

  • I can't agree with you Martyn. Serious overreaction. We're playing some flowing attacking football, always dominate the stats (ok, not last night); have strength in depth and a committed manager with a great footballing philosophy and were 4 points off top not playing to fill potential. OtBC # eatyowords

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • I can't agree with you Martyn. Serious overreaction. We're playing some flowing attacking football, always dominate the stats (ok, not last night); have strength in depth and a committed manager with a great footballing philosophy and were 4 points off top not playing to fill potential. OtBC # eatyowords

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    Monkeys Thumbs

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Probably just some led-swinger, martyn. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Lucky for City that the former Town star didn't complete his hat trick. That much lauded, but unconvincing win at Portman Road may turn out to cost City promotion, as had the goal been disallowed, Adams would probably have been sacked by now, instead City will soldier on; who was it who said "an army of lions lead by a donkey".

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    martyn elmy

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Boro` didn`t need to be at their best. I know it`s easy to get negative\pessimistic when poor performances start becoming the norm, but I don`t think we`ve seen a consistently spirited, gutsy team since Lambert left. When Captain Marvel, aka Holty, was eased out by Hugh Trollderwood and Hyacinth "too old for a better contract" Buckett, the backbone of our team went with him. We need an inspirational Captain in the Grant Holt mould to help this novice manager turn tactics into effort and results on the pitch.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Lucky for us they didn't play well or we might have got a right thrashing.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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