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Kenny McLean: We more than matched them

1 December 2019

Kenny McLean echoed Daniel Farke’s sentiments that Norwich City deserved more than a point in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

“We deserved the three points,” he said. “We had some great chances and played some nice stuff. We looked pretty solid but in the end it’s a point against a very good Arsenal team. We more than matched the quality they’ve got in their squad. Going forward, if we build on that we’ll be good.

“We knew if we brought that level of performance, we would give ourselves a chance. That’s what we did. We were great at times, so if we can keep that form and togetherness going, we will be fine. On days like this, we do need to pick up the three points, so that’s something to build on.

“Arsenal’s team-sheet is unbelievable and has world class players. We need to take confidence from more than matching that.”

McLean was heavily involved in the build-up to City’s second goal, bringing the ball out from the back and picking Onel Hernandez out on the left-wing with an astute through ball.

“We’ll continue to play out from the back because that’s when we’re at our best,” he added. “I’m delighted for Todd again because he’s come into another bit of good form. We need these guys to be playing their best football.

“I’m delighted for Teemu getting back on the scoresheet, he’s still been putting in performances and last week got an assist. It was a good afternoon, but three points would have been well deserved.”

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Slotting in behind McLean against the Gunners was Ibrahim Amadou, who came into the team in place of Alexander Tettey. Amadou had spent much of the season alongside Ben Godfrey at centre-half but looked comfortable in his more natural position.

“Playing further up the pitch suits Amadou better,” McLean said. “That’s where he wants to play but he did a great shift for us at centre-half, coming in through Tettey’s absence. He was solid and kept the game simple. We need him and Tom to give us a platform to build from. The front four as such will try to be the difference in the game.

“We’ll recover and go again on Wednesday. It’s another big game against Southampton and they keep coming thick and fast. It’s an exciting time with games every few days. Hopefully we can get some points on the board.”


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