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Kenny McLean’s top five games for Norwich City

2 September 2020

After Kenny McLean extended his stay at Norwich City with the signing of a new contract on Wednesday, we narrowed down his five best games in yellow and green.

5 - Wigan Athletic (A)

Matchday 42 in our 2018-19 Championship season and we’re a goal down at Wigan Athletic with ten minutes to play. Promotion within touching distance, defeat at the DW Stadium would be tough to take.

Thankfully, that’s where Kenny McLean stepped in. Putting the ball on a plate for Teemu Pukki to equalise in the 81st minute, McLean played a pivotal role in the Canaries edging one point closer to the Championship title.

4 - Rotherham United (A)

A few weeks earlier than the Wigan game, McLean played his part in keeping City at the top of the table with a goal and assist in a 2-1 win at Rotherham United in March 2019.

Our number 23 latched onto a Teemu Pukki pass flicked over the Rotherham rear guard, getting himself between the goalkeeper and the ball to make life difficult for the opposition, before deftly side-footing the chested ball into the back of the net for 1-0.

Semi Ajayi pulled one back for the hosts early in the second half, but City responded quickly when McLean lifted a corner kick to the head of Ben Godfrey, the latter shooting back across goal for 2-1.

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3 - Bristol City (H)

Rotherham away wasn’t the first time McLean and Godfrey had combined to contribute to three points. The pair also both got on the scoresheet in February’s 3-2 win at home to Bristol City that year.

The visitors went ahead through Jamie Paterson 12 minutes in, before McLean equalised with a well-placed right footed shot from inside the 18-yard box. But the scores were level for no more than a minute, as Callum O’ Dowda again put Bristol in front in the 37th.

Godfrey equalised ten minutes after the half-time break, before McLean put the nail in the coffin with his 66th-minute winner at the River End, volleying in beautifully from distance with the type of goal Steven Gerrard would be proud of.

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2 - Everton (A)

McLean might not have contributed directly to either goal in our 2-0 win at Goodison Park in November 2019, but his efforts in the build-up play did not go unnoticed.

A stellar display included an impressive 12 aerial duels won, making him WhoScored.com’s highest rated outfield player on the pitch that day.

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McLean also played an impressive five key passes as City claimed a precious away win in the Premier League.

1 - Manchester City (H)

The calibre of the opposition makes this one a no-brainer. Few gave Norwich any sort of chance going into a match with the previous season’s Premier League champions.

But McLean set the tone, giving the Canaries the lead 18 minutes in at Carrow Road with a thumping header at the near post from Emi Buendia’s corner.

We all know how the rest of the afternoon unfolded, McLean boasting a pass completion rate of 87.8 percent as Norwich defied to the odds to take three points from Pep Guardiola’s glittering squad.

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