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Kenny McLean: It was a well-earned three points

24 April 2021

Kenny McLean said Norwich City were keen to avenge their recent Championship defeats as they got back to winning ways with victory over Queens Park Rangers.

After a hectic week with two defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, coming straight after City clinched promotion to the Premier League last Saturday, the Canaries got back on track with a professional display in west London.

Goals from Xavi Quintilla, Max Aarons and Emi Buendia - and a crucial Tim Krul penalty save - saw City edge closer to the Championship title.

Speaking post-match, McLean said: "It's been a tough couple of weeks in terms of results and performances. Going back to the Bournemouth game, obviously it was tough with ten men. We made it hard for ourselves.

"The Watford game, we didn't deserve much out of the game but we had to accept that. Although we were promoted coming into today, losing the last two hasn't been good enough and you could feel it in the dressing room. 

"We were up for it today and we had to bounce back today, there's still plenty to play for. We want to win the title and today, we made another big step."

McLean admitted the Canaries made full use of their qualities at both ends of the pitch, as well as their match-winning nous.

"QPR are a good possession team. It's not the weather for me out there, I'm a bit too pale for it! It was a tough game but we scored at crucial moments. 

"The first-half was decent, we got the goal but when we went 2-0 up, we came off it a little bit. We gave them a bit of the ball and they got the penalty. Tim's save was a big moment in the game.

"When they scored their goal, we showed character and a reaction and that was good. We got back on top. We had to dig in but it was a well-earned three points.

"For some reason, Tim knew where he was going. I heard him say: 'He's going to smash it straight down the middle.' Whatever he's doing, hopefully he can keep doing it but hopefully we don't give too many penalties away.

"Both full-backs scoring shows the way we want to play, getting them high and involving them in the play.

"Max's goal - he should have had more of them this season with those runs. The ball isn't always finding them but he finish today was sensational.

With two games left to play, the Canaries are on the verge of the Championship title and McLean says the team need no extra motivation heading into their game against Reading next weekend.

"We'll come in and prepare again. We still have a job to do - there are incentives there. We want to win the league, it's as simple as that. We don't need too much more motivation than that."

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