Grant Leadbitter keeping cool following Middlesbrough’s demolition of Norwich City
00:58 05 November 2014
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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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