'We need to take a long, hard look at ourselves' - McLean demands fresh start during brutal assessment of City's form

Canaries midfielder Kenny McLean battles with Brighton striker Neal Maupay during Saturday's loss on the south coast Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Canaries midfielder Kenny McLean battles with Brighton striker Neal Maupay during Saturday's loss on the south coast Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Teemu Pukki's talents are being wasted at Norwich City. That's the brutal assessment of midfielder Kenny McLean, who is calling for the Canaries to make a fresh start to their Premier League campaign.

The Scot didn't try to hide his bitter disappointment after a 2-0 loss at Brighton saw Daniel Farke's team suffer a fifth defeat in six games, leaving them second from bottom in the table.

"It's up to us to take responsibility, we need to defend better first and foremost, to give ourselves a platform to go and have a chance of winning games," said McLean.

"And then when we do that we've got to create a lot more. We've got a guy at the top end of the pitch (Pukki) whose movement and finishing is second to none, and we're giving him nothing.

"So we need to take a long, hard look at ourselves. It's been a tough few weeks, we need to go back to the drawing board all over the pitch and it's not just stopping goals or creating chances.

"It seems like everything right now and it's hard to take because I know we've got the quality, it's just not happening. We need to go and make things happen and it's up to us to take responsibility to go and make that happen."

There was plenty of effort from the Scotland international and his team-mates but a Marco Stiepermann shot hitting the bar in the first half was the closest the visitors came to troubling Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

"It was a tough game against a very good opponent but we need to look at ourselves and see what more we can do," McLean analysed honestly. "It seemed Brighton enjoyed the game - a lot more than us anyway - they enjoyed plenty of the ball, created chances, and we were the total opposite.

"It just looked like hard work from us. From the end of the first half, we had done well, but they started to create a couple of chances, so it was like a wake-up call for us, we knew we were in a game.

"Then second half we didn't really stamp our authority on the game and they did, fair play.

"As I say, they're a good team and we just didn't do enough. I'm trying to think of a save their keeper had to make and nothing springs to mind. Tim (Krul) makes a couple of excellent saves and still we found ourselves on the losing side of the game."

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