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Stearman delighted with decisive goal

14 February 2019

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Richard Stearman was delighted to have made a telling contribution against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

Speaking after his header winning in front of the Kop, the experienced defender admit it was a personal high for him, in a season where he hasn't featured as often as he'd have hoped.

He remarked: "It was a massive result for us, especially after last Friday at Villa where we felt we dropped a couple of points.

"It was a kick in the teeth that one and it was important we bounced back, the boys were fantastic.

"Ollie (Norwood) has got such good and consistent set piece delivery, so I knew that if I put myself in an area there was a chance I could get on the end of it, thankfully I did.

"You saw a season of frustration come out of me in the celebration, because it's been a tough one personally.

"I've kept my head down though, trained hard, supported the lads that have been playing and made sure I was right for when called upon.

"Whenever I get on the pitch, I've got to produce the best possible performance to try and help the team and thankfully the goal against Middlesbrough got us a valuable three points."

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