‘We just need to keep enjoying it’ – McLean ready for Championship promotion roller-coaster with Canaries
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There’s no danger of Norwich City’s players getting carried away with their promotional potential, insists Kenny McLean.
The Canaries maintained their chances of finishing in the Championship top two with a fine 3-2 home win over play-off chasing Bristol City, featuring two goals from midfielder McLean.
The Scotland ace said: “It’s excellent to be involved up the top end of the table, and we will just keep on working as hard as we can, taking it game by game, and if we keep showing character like that, who knows where it will take us?”
McLean is suddenly in the thick of the promotion push for the Canaries, after almost four months out with an ankle injury, and is relishing the final dozen games of the campaign – starting at lowly Millwall on Saturday.
“It’s exciting and I think you speak about teams in this situation, and people always mention nerves and will it get to you – but we’re just enjoying it,” he continued. “We’re in a great position, we’re doing what we love, we’re at the top end of the Championship, things can’t go much better. So we just need to keep enjoying it.”
The 27-year-old joins a team featuring youngsters Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey at its core and agrees with head coach Daniel Farke that a youthful influence can help maintain a relaxed mood.
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“It’s easier for the young boys to go out and play to be honest, because they are just loving their time here,” McLean continued.
“The togetherness is excellent and the young boys are just going out and expressing themselves the way young boys should. The manager lets them go and play, of course we are disciplined and structured excellently, but the way they go and play is a joy to watch and I’m not an older player, but to see young boys coming in and making this sort of impact on the team, it’s just excellent to watch.”
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The Scot helped Aberdeen finish runners-up to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership for four successive seasons before joining Norwich.
He added: “I’ve been in big games and plenty of finals with Aberdeen, and there was a stage where we were close to Celtic coming into March and stuff, but we couldn’t go through with it.
“We’re just enjoying it. You’d rather be in our position than just about every other team in the league.”