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Norwich midfielder McLean admits Leeds draw a missed opportunity

Carrow Road

Kenny McLean admitted Norwich’s goalless draw against Leeds in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final but says it is all to play for in the return leg at Elland Road.

A cagey occasion at Carrow Road saw neither side imprint their stamp on the tie, making Thursday’s second-leg a one-game shootout for a place in the Wembley final.

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Leeds are likely to be the happier of the two teams, having stopped a two-match losing streak away at a Norwich side who have not lost on home soil since November.

On whether the stalemate felt like a missed opporunity, McLean said: “A little bit but we’re not going to dwell on it.

“We wanted to take an advantage there but it’s not the case. We’re still well in the tie and we’ve got a lot to look forward to.”

‘All to play for’

McLean admitted the cautious affair was a result of what is at stake, with both sides bidding for a return to the promise land of the Premier League.

On whether the occasion got the better of the two teams, the midfielder added: “Possibly, possibly. It was a tough game.

“I think these games are always a bit cagey with not too many clear-cut chances.

“It’s all to play for in the second leg so it sets us up for the next one.

“It’s a big game for both teams. We all want the same prize so we’ve got to look forward to the second leg.

“We’re still well in the game. We played decent stuff but can do better with the ball so we’ll look at this game and see how we can improve.”


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Cian Cheesbrough

Cian is a sports journalist with a wealth of experience writing for national titles, including LiveScore, MailOnline, Eurosport and Sky Sports. He has covered a number of key events during his time in the industry, including from the press box at live Champions League fixtures.

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