McLean calls for City players to show pride despite feeling ‘deflated and disappointed’

Norwich City's Kenny McLean and Brighton & Hove Albion's Neal Maupay during the Premier League match

Norwich City's Kenny McLean and Brighton & Hove Albion's Neal Maupay during the Premier League match at Carrow Road Picture: Joe Giddens/NMC Pool/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Kenny McLean has called for the ‘deflated and disappointed’ Norwich City players to show some pride during their final five games of the Premier League season, despite relegation being all but certain.

Canaries boss Daniel Farke admitted his team’s fate was looking certain after a 1-0 home defeat to Brighton kept his team seven points from safety after a fifth consecutive league defeat - without scoring a goal.

“It’s pretty obvious how everyone is feeling, we’re deflated and disappointed, as we’ve found ourselves quite a lot this season,” Scottish midfielder McLean admitted.

“But there’s five games to go, we need to show a reaction, show some self pride.

“It’s not mathematically done but it’s not looking to good for us. We’ll continue to give everything for this club and that’s the least we can do.”

Young striker Adam Idah did hit the post during the final minutes of the game but otherwise the Seagulls were largely able to keep the hosts under control, with City managing just one shot on target.

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“It’s tough, we’re playing against some quality opposition,” McLean continued. “I know we need to do more in the final third, set-pieces, all over the pitch we need to do more.

“We’ve lacked that cutting edge at times and found ourselves undone at the other end with conceding too many.

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“So it’s been at both ends I think. We need to improve, to keep trying to get better. It’s been disappointing obviously, not much for us to celebrate, which gives the fans little to celebrate.

“We’re disappointed, as I’m sure everyone is.”

Just three players have started more league games than McLean so far this season but the Scotland international admits it’s been a tough campaign.

He added: “You get plenty of the ball but I think Brighton sometimes allowed that and they wanted us to try and break them down, and unfortunately we couldn’t.

“As I say, we’ve lacked that cutting edge a lot this season. It’s been a tough old season, it’s been a bit of a slog at times and we’ve come up short too many times.

“This feeling that we’ve got now has been too common and we’ve found ourselves in this situation too much.”

Next up for Norwich is a trip to Watford on Tuesday and a home game against Southampton on Saturday.

- You can listen to the latest edition of the Pink Un Norwich City Podcast above, which our Canaries correspondents recorded after today’s game.

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