Michael Carrick hails 'colossal' Middlesbrough as Leeds United loanee helps claim Leicester City scalp
Enzo Maresca’s side look a force to be reckoned with in the Championship this season as they attempt to bounce straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
But Carrick’s Boro are on the up themselves having lost just one of their last 10 league games following a tricky start to the season with Sam Greenwood’s blockbuster free kick enough to edge things at the Riverside.
Greenwood continued his impressive displays on Teesside after being brought into the starting XI early last month.
The Leeds United loanee grabbed the opening goal in Boro’s rout over neighbours Sunderland – the first of four goals in his last six appearances with this match-winning free kick against Leicester the pick of the bunch.
"He’s capable of that, Sam. He practices a lot,” said Carrick.
"He’s got fantastic technique. He’s been waiting for one of them to go in but it’s a hell of a goal. A goal fit enough to win the game.”
The Boro boss added: "There were chances for both teams but, defensively, I thought we were absolutely spot on as a team and we stuck at it and we feel as though we got what we deserved and it was a terrific win for us.
"I’m just hugely, massively, proud of everyone, of the whole group. It was a colossal effort from everyone. They’re a really, really good team, they make you work for it, they’ve got good players who are well coached. They’ll be right up there, if not top they’ll be top two come the end of the season, they’re a Premier League outfit really so I thought the boys did fantastic to win the game.”
Victory continued Boro’s resurgence in the Championship after a slight blip against Stoke City and Plymouth Argyle with Carrick’s side now just two points off the play-off places heading into the international break.