Riley McGree has admitted he couldn’t remember much about his wondergoal for Middlesbrough against Norwich, suggesting it was a “blur”.
Boro ran out 2-1 winners at Carrow Road against Norwich as they continued their fine start under Michael Carrick.
One of the players benefitting hugely from Carrick is McGree who has been enjoying a free role on the left-hand side of the Boro midfield, developing a fruitful partnership alongside Ryan Giles.
That is paying dividends for Boro with both players proving to be essential in Carrick’s 4-2-3-1 system which was demonstrated excellently last weekend.
McGree scored the equaliser as he drifted inside from the left before unleashing a scissor kick into the top corner from the edge of the box. It will certainly be a goal that many will remember fondly if they were at Carrow Road, even opposition supporters.
But one person who can’t remember too much about it is McGree himself. The Australian international admitted to a Q&A with the Socceroos Instagram page that the goal was a ‘blur’ for him.
“It’s a bit of a blur and I didn’t quite realise the kind of goal that I scored until afterwards when I saw it. But it was good to start a comeback and get the three points in the end as well.”
The playmaker is heading to the World Cup with Australia, an experience he is relishing after hitting top form for Boro just before the break for the competition.
McGree has slowly developed into a well-rounded attacker for Boro this season and has been exceptional since Carrick took over.
One thing he can improve though is his ability to score and create goals. His influence on games is huge, but statistically scoring goals and creating assists has let him down.
Hopefully this goal allows him to express himself more in the final third as he looks to be more than just a player who progresses the ball through the thirds.
He’s technically gifted but now just needs a more killer instinct when it comes to scoring, something he certainly showed against Norwich.
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