AITOR Karanka turned Middlesbrough’s top of the table match at Norwich City into a cup tie according to Albert Adomah.
The Boro midfielder, who tried to claim the only goal at Carrow Road, said the manager told the players it was a game they had to win.
It felt like a cup game, you could see towards the end that everyone defended for their livesALBERT ADOMAH
“Before the match our gaffer told us ‘listen, we have to treat this like a cup game’,” Adomah explained.
“With us playing before the other teams [Bournemouth and Watford] he wanted to nail the opportunity of getting in front and we did it.
“It felt like a cup game, you could see towards the end that everyone defended for their lives.
“If Norwich won, they’d have had a five-point gap over us but now we have the lead over them.
“We are also above Bournemouth and Watford and while they have a game in hand by the same token, anyone can slip up.
“At the moment we must keep our momentum going.
“We must win our last two games and see what happens.
“That win meant so much to everyone. Obviously, the season is not over yet but at least we are now top of the table so other teams now have to win to overtake us.”
Adomah said he would be claiming the goal – even though it appeared the ball had already crossed the line from the head of Alex Tettey following Grant Leadbitter’s corner.
“It was my goal,” he laughed during an interview with BBC Tees. “I have to claim it, you can’t put that down as an OG, that takes all the excitement out of it.”