‘We’ve got the quality and the personalities to turn this around’ – McLean certain City can kick-start season

Kenny McLean, left, blocks a Steven Alzate shot during Norwich City's 2-0 loss at Brighton Picture:

Kenny McLean, left, blocks a Steven Alzate shot during Norwich City's 2-0 loss at Brighton Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It’s a worrying time for Norwich City but midfielder Kenny McLean is certain Daniel Farke has ‘the quality and the personalities’ required to kick-start the club’s Premier League campaign.

It's the clash of the bottom two at Carrow Road on Friday evening, when the Canaries host rock-bottom Watford in a televised encounter (8pm), with both teams badly in need of a win.

"Every game is massive but of course we're in a similar position to Watford so we know it's a massive week," Scotland international McLean said, following Saturday's 2-0 loss at Brighton.

"We can't feel sorry for ourselves because believe me, if you do that, things will quickly turn against you.

"So we need to have a set way forward, be honest with each other and be honest with ourselves, look yourself in the mirror and ask 'did I do enough today?'

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"I look at my opponent and think he did more than me, which is disappointing for myself, and I'm sure most of the boys will be honest with themselves.

"We've got the quality and the personalities to turn this around and I'm sure we will, I have no doubt we will, no doubt, but we need to take responsibility."

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That defeat was a fifth in six top-flight games for City and with just seven points from a possible 33 after promotion from the Championship.

The two wins - over Newcastle and Manchester City - came during the opening five matches, during which Teemu Pukki scored six goals, yet teams have managed to cut off the Finland striker's supply line since then.

"I'm sure every team analyses going into games, strengths and weaknesses, the same as we do with everybody - but it seems we get exploited more than we exploit teams, which obviously isn't great," McLean continued.

"It's up to the boys who take to the field. We get messages before every game, we look at teams in depth, and right now we're just not doing enough - that's the simple fact. It sounds terrible me saying, and I'm part of it, that as a team we're not doing enough right now and we need to quickly realise it.

"We're in the best league in the world, we need to do more. We got here through merit but that's gone, we've got to take part in games and too much is bypassing us."

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