‘Stick by one another’ - McLean hopes Canaries will not crumble under pressure of survival scrap

Norwich City midfielder in action against this Sunday's opponents Wolves during a 2-1 home defeat in December Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City midfielder in action against this Sunday's opponents Wolves during a 2-1 home defeat in December Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Kenny McLean has called for all connected to Norwich City to stick together and not crumble under the pressure of a daunting Premier League relegation battle.

The Canaries are seven points from safety with 12 games left and have won just one of their last 13 top-flight games ahead of a trip to high-flying Wolves on Sunday.

However, five of those 13 games were draws and six of the seven defeats were by a one-goal margin, with a 1-0 home loss to runaway leaders Liverpool the latest in a frustrating spell.

McLean said: "I think there's always been a belief because we've always been in games, bar one or two this season, we've always been beaten by one or two goals.

"It's been tough this season but we've always been in matches right until the end, we just haven't been turning those losses into draws or draws into wins.

"That's been a big thing for us, we've taken time to adapt to the league but I think we've really brought something to the league, we just find ourselves in a difficult position. We'll continue to do what we've done throughout the season, stick by one another, give 110 percent for the club and we'll see where it takes us."

Champions-elect Liverpool are 58 points ahead of bottom side Norwich after their win but Scotland international McLean think that says more about the remarkable consistency of the Reds, rather than City struggling.

"I think it's because they're so good, because I wouldn't say we're poor and we're bottom of the division," he continued.

"Liverpool have shown their quality throughout Europe, the quality they have got has come through in just about every game this season, so to maintain that standard - obviously we find ourselves in a difficult position but we're a good team, there's no way anyone can take that away from us.

"We've just not been getting the results we deserve."

City know that home games will be particularly important, with Southampton, Everton, Brighton, West Ham and Burnley still to come at Carrow Road.

"We'll pick up points, there's no doubt about that, we just hope it will be enough," McLean added. "It's going to be tough, it was Liverpool and next (at home) it's Leicester. There's big games to come but I think we've shown enough that we can go into every game with belief."

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