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87% pass success: Norwich man has major influence in confirming positive outcome

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Norwich City sit atop the Championship table once more this weekend after their comeback win over an in-form Bristol City side.

The Canaries had to come from behind twice to see off the challenge of Lee Johnson’s men to keep their place at the summit of the second tier.

Goals from Kenny McLean (2) and Ben Godfrey gave the hosts the spoils in what was a pulsating encounter at Carrow Road.

Norwich had 23 shots on goal, scoring three from eight on target – and they would not have done that without one man.

There have been so many times this term where Teemu Pukki has been the hero, but last Saturday that moniker was reserved for the midfield maestro that is McLean.

The 27-year-old was in devastating form in the yellow and green to steal the show and keep Daniel Farke’s side on course for an automatic return to the Premier League.

McLean got two-thirds of the goals, scoring with his only two efforts on goal all afternoon.

Even more impressive when you consider the midfielder to be one of two deep-lying players for Norwich.

The importance of the goals cannot be understated with his first restoring parity having been 1-0 down.

The second, Norwich’s third to lead for the first time in the match with 24 minutes left to go.

Not only was he ice-cold in front of goal but on the ball, he was impressive, too.

McLean had 6.9 per cent of the ball all afternoon the second most in the game from either side.

Only Jamal Lewis (77) and Max Aarons (75) had more touches than he did in the game, having amassed 74 throughout the win.

The 27-year-old managed to complete 48 of his 55 passes which gave the Canaries a foothold in the game in order to build on their play and move the ball forward.

The battle on the ground was being conquered well by the midfielder, and in the air he was no slouch, either, winning half of his six aerial duels throughout the contest, as well as winning two of the three tackles he attempted.

It was on the ball and in front of goal McLean was at his devastating best, and without his influence on the game, it would have been one that Norwich would have almost defiantly lost.


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