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FORMER DON IN PENALTY STORM

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FORMER Aberdeen loan star James Maddison was caught up in a penalty-kick storm in Norwich’s 1-1 draw at Derby.

The midfielder, who spent six months at Pittodrie last season, netted the Canaries’ equaliser from the spot after being involved in another big decision earlier in the game.

Referee Jeremy Simpson adjudged keeper Scott Carson had hauled down Maddison in the first-half and immediately awarded a penalty.

However, the former England international No.1 redeemed himself with a brilliant save from Nelson Oliveira’s effort.

Derby boss  Gary Rowett, though, was still fuming at the end and said: “I thought it was a clear dive.

“I don’t like to say that and I thought James Maddison was excellent, so I’m not going to vilify one individual.

“But as he knocked it past Scott Carson he left his leg in for contact.

“I felt he enticed the contact and it was too easy to go to ground.

“So, I was disappointed with that first penalty, but had no problem with the second or that Norwich were better than us.

“I think this was the poorest we have been for a while and we were very fortunate to keep our unbeaten run going.”

Scotland international Ikechi Anya set up the opener for the Rams in the 12th minute which was superbly executed by Matej Vydra for the 18th Championship goal of the campaign.

Then came Carson stop from Oliveira, but he could not repeat the feat in the 72nd minute when Maddison slotted home to give his side a point after Cameron Jerome had fouled Oliveira.

Carrow Road Head Coach Daniel Farke said: “I think the result is a scandal because we should have won this game.

“For the last 75 minutes there was only one team controlling this game.

“We created so many chances against a team so good at defending, and in general a draw at Derby is a really great result because they are second in the table and on an unbeaten run.

“I think it was a clear penalty against James Maddison. For me, it was obviously a penalty so compliments to the linesman that he was able to read the situation in the right way.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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