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Monday, March 23, 1998 Published at 04:15 GMT



Sport: Football

Boro regain promotion place
image: [ Maddison celebrates his opening goal ]
Maddison celebrates his opening goal

Middlesbrough 3-0 Norwich City

Middlesbrough regained the second automatic promotion spot with an ultimately comfortably stroll against Norwich City.

But it was not until the northeast side scored their second goal that they took full control against under-achieving City.

Without Paul Merson, on international duty with England, and the suspended Andy Townsend, Boro did not look the same side as the one that has swept into the Coca-Cola League Cup final.

Neil Maddison put Boro in the driving seat in the first half after controlling Gianluca Festa's 40-yard pass to beat Andy Marshall from eight yards.

Maddison also had a hand in both the second-half goals that killed off Norwich, who are still in danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

His goal prompted Boro to move up a gear as the first half drew to a close and two penalty appeals were turned down.

After the break, City came out fighting but their demoralised troops rarely threatened the Boro goal.

In the 72nd minute Boro finally ended City's resistance.

Maddison crossed from the right for Alun Armstrong to fire home. In the last few seconds, substitute Mikkel Beck deflected Maddison's shot into the net.

Boro move back into second place, taking the automatic promotion slot back from their local rivals Sunderland, but they are still two points behind leaders Nottingham Forest.
 





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