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Kenny McLean: There’s still plenty to play for

7 March 2020

Reflecting on Wednesday night’s FA Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur, Kenny McLean says that Norwich City can take momentum into their upcoming Premier League games.

“It was an incredible night but due to road closures we didn’t get back until quite late but now we’re ready to go again,” he said. “Spirits are high and at this stage of the season we need a bit of momentum so hopefully we can get that going now.

“The quarter final is something to look forward to, but we’ve got league business between then and now.

“It’s been a tough season, but it has got better as it’s gone on. We’ve picked a lot of results up in 2020 and we do have the quality to stay in this league, but we’ve just found it tough at times to get results when we’ve needed them.

“28 years since we last got to the quarter finals is too long for this club. We should be going on more cup runs more often so it’s for the fans more than anything. They’ve waited a long time for this.”

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The win in North London meant that City had claimed victories against both Leicester City and Spurs in the space of just six days, and McLean adds that such form will be pivotal heading into the business end of the campaign.

“We look more resilient as a team because we were conceding a bit and not being clinical at the other end of the pitch but now, we look more solid,” he said. “Even late on against Liverpool, we were hard to beat. We’ve been a bit naïve at times and conceded sloppy goals.

“We’re finding form at a good time, there’s still plenty to play for and we still believe.

“Most of the games we’ve lost this season have been tight and we’ve lost by one goal. We’re now turning defeats into draws and draws into wins having played some really good stuff since the turn of the year.”

As for this weekend’s opposition, the Canaries midfielder was full of praise.

“Sheffield United have adapted to the league fantastically, like they’ve been here for years, so credit to them for that. Both teams have got similar squads to last season and in the game earlier this season they played really well and we didn’t take our chances.

“They’re in the position they’re in through merit so it’s going to be a tough game and we’re really looking forward to it.

“Everyone expects them to be favourites because of the way that they’re playing but we’ve got so much confidence in the squad.”

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