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Kenny McLean: We always believed we could beat Man City

14 September 2019

Kenny McLean insisted Norwich City always believed they were capable of upsetting champions Manchester City.

The injury-hit Canaries put in a remarkable display from minute one to defeat Pep Guardiola's side and McLean was full of praise for the mentality he and his teammates showed throughout.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk, he said: "It was a thoroughly deserved three points and one we knew we were capable of against unbelievable opposition.

"We know how good we are in that changing room. There was a lot of talk through the week about the injuries and the task that we had ahead of us, but within the changing room, we knew whoever was on that pitch would have given everything for the shirt and for the fans.

"That’s what happened and we got our just rewards. The manager [Daniel Farke] has a squad together that he’s confident in whoever plays will step up to the plate.

"That was Sam Byram’s first game for us, apart from the cup, and he was outstanding. Tetts [Alex Tettey] came in like he’d never left, and he made my life so much easier – he was unbelievable today.

"Ibrahim [Amadou] coming in with his first start as well – it was just a real squad performance. It was excellent to be a part of but I think for everyone involved with the Club, it’s one to cherish."

McLean got the ball rolling on 19 minutes with a sensational header from a Emi Buendia corner: "Everything went quiet for a minute but the noise was mad. I couldn’t hear a thing. It was crazy.

"The ball from Emi was perfect. I usually make that front post run for set pieces and we felt there was a vulnerability in the front post area for Man City.

"It’s something we worked on, that’s not a coincidence. That’s stuff that we look at throughout the week.

"This isn’t luck. We’ve put the hard work and the practice in and we always believe we can get points."


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