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FORMER DONS LOAN STAR SPOILS NEIL RETURN

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FORMER Aberdeen loan star James Maddison almost ruined Alex Neil’s return to Norwich.

The midfielder, who spent five months at Pittodrie at the start of last season, scored with a trademark free-kick against Preston at Carrow Road before the Scot’s side battled back for a 1-1 draw.

Neil said: “I was absolutely delighted with our performance.

“We were up against a Norwich team with a lot of good players, but I thought we were the better side and deserved to win.

“We were excellent in spells and created the better chances over the course of the 90 minutes.

“I am proud of my players and it says it all that they were disappointed in the dressing room afterwards even though they had picked up a point away from home.”

Former Celtic defender Darnell Fisher, who joined the Deepdale outfit from Rotherham in the summer, made certain Neil’s men would take something from the encounter when he cleared a Josh Murphy shot off the line.

Tom Barkhuizen levelled when he nodded in a corner-kick in the 70th minute.

Ex-Don Maddison, who was recalled by ex-Canaries manager Neil at the end of his temporary transfer despite Derek McInnes making a move to keep him for the remainder of the season, curled in the opener in the 34th minute for his fourth Championship goal of the campaign.

Norwich gaffer Daniel Farke said: “I thought we started well and had some good chances and deserved to be ahead at half-time.

“In the second half, we had more good chances and if we had made it 2-0 I am sure we would have gone on to win the game.”

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