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Kenny McLean: A point can go a long way

20 March 2021

Kenny McLean scored the opening goal against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon, only for Sam Gallagher to rescue a point for the visitors.

The Norwich City midfielder told that the team were understandably disappointed to drop two points, but remained focused on the bigger picture.

“We’ve definitely been better in recent weeks but it’s been a demanding schedule and the run we’ve been on is pretty incredible,” he said. “It seems disappointing dropping points because we’ve not done it in a while, but if you take a point it can go a long way.

“It was against a very good team today who set up very well. We still had chances to go and win the game but I don’t think we were quite our best. We can be better, we know that. You can’t win them all, so we’ll take that and move on.

“They didn’t have much in terms of chances but they did their presses really well. They were good in possession and brave so credit to them. I think we still created enough to win the game, but we’ve conceded from a set-piece, which is a bit disappointing.

“You always want to be strong in those situations. I don’t think they cut us open at any time. We weren’t too good on the ball in the first half if I’m honest, as a whole team, and we spoke about that at half-time, not in a bad way, but it wasn’t a great 45 minutes.

“These things happen and you can’t be perfect all the time but recently we’ve been near-perfect with the way we’ve been playing. It’s a point on the board and 28 from the last 30 isn’t a bad return. If we do the same again I think we’ll be sitting nicely.”

Given the work-rate required to earn points in the Championship, McLean was impressed by the Canaries’ recent run of nine wins in a row, adding that the international break will allow plenty of time for attention to turn to Preston North End at the start of April.

“You look at the results we’ve got recently and the run we’ve been on - it’s pretty unheard of in this league to be honest,” he said. “There’s no game you go into saying ‘we should win this game’. You need to go and work for every single point you get and we’ve just won nine games in a row so we can’t be too down.

“The boys have got a couple of days off now. Some boys are going away on international duty. I think we’ll all look back and reflect on this period as being good, but the main thing we will do is look forward to the Preston game. It’s another three points up for grabs.

“We take one game at a time as it comes. We can look back on the results we’ve had recently at the end of the season. Mainly, we look forward and that’s to Preston, so when that comes around we’ll be ready.

“It’s always good to go away and see the lads up the road. We’ve got three massive games so I’m looking forward to them. It’s a demanding schedule that we’ve got but we don’t complain too much about playing for our country.”

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