McLean enjoying attacking role but disappointed to miss big chance against Arsenal

Kenny McLean rues a missed chance that almost saw him bag the winner for the Canaries. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Kenny McLean rues a missed chance that almost saw him bag the winner for the Canaries. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

To be disappointed following a draw with Arsenal can only bode well for Norwich City, according to in-form midfielder Kenny McLean.

The Scotland international again performed well in a more advanced role, playing a key role in both goals as the Canaries were twice pegged back to draw 2-2 with the Gunners.

"When you look at the quality they've got throughout their squad and we've more than matched them," McLean said. "We could have come away with a better result but the performance was there so we need to look at the positives.

"There's a busy period coming up so we'll build on that performance, I'm sure. The last two games we've put in good performances and we should have six points but it's a very good Arsenal team so it's something to build on going forward and we're excited for the game coming up."

McLean grabbed his opportunity in support of star striker Teemu Pukki during a 2-0 win at Everton the previous weekend and set up the Fin for the opening goal.

His slick pass down the left wing also set Onel Hernandez on the attack ahead of Todd Cantwell reclaiming the lead just before the break.

"I've played that position plenty of times throughout my career and this season more so in the deeper positions, with the injuries that we've had," McLean explained.

Kenny McLean is shown a yellow card for a poor challenge on Matteo Guendouzi. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesKenny McLean is shown a yellow card for a poor challenge on Matteo Guendouzi. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

"I don't mind wherever I'm played, wherever the manager asks me to do a job for the team, it's been the same for everyone else throughout the team.

"We've had midfielders playing centre-half and you just get on with it, it's just a joy to play in this team wherever you play, if you can get in that starting 11 then it's great times.

"So I'm just trying to do as much as I can whenever I can. It's been good playing that bit closer to Teemu and helping him further up the pitch has been good for me, so hopefully we continue that form."

The Scot could have reclaimed the lead soon after Arsenal's second equaliser in the 57th minute, after tenacious work from Ibrahim Amadou allowed Teemu Pukki to put him clean through, only for his shot to be tipped onto the post by keeper Bernd Leno.

"It was some save but for me it's disappointing not to be putting chances like that away," McLean added. That's where I can bring more to the team, some more goals maybe, if I'm playing higher up.

"So great save but for me it's more disappointing finishing."

Kenny McLean sees an effort tipped around the post by Bernd Leno. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesKenny McLean sees an effort tipped around the post by Bernd Leno. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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