Norwich City star sends bullish Championship play-off message ahead of Leeds United second leg

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Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean is bullish about their chances of beating Leeds United and reaching the Championship play-off final. It finished all square at Carrow Road in the first leg of the semi-final yesterday, with both teams cancelling each other out.

The second instalment of the tie takes place at Elland Road on Thursday. The prize for the winner is a trip to Wembley for the showpiece final a week on May 26.

McLean, an ever-present for the Canaries in the league, said: “We have given ourselves an opportunity so we will go relish it and make the most of it. Before the game we wanted to take an advantage there [to Elland Road] – that’s not the case, but it doesn’t mean we don’t believe we can’t go there and get a result.”

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United finished three spots and 17 points ahead of City in the table but Scotland international McLean is relishing the prospect of playing in front of a raucous atmosphere at Elland Road in a winner takes it all tie. “I look forward to it,” said McLean, who has been part of two previous promotion-winning sides at Norwich. “This is the occasion you want to be involved in as a footballer, a massive game that means so much to everybody – so much to the club, so much to the fans and so much to us as players.

“There is no doubt about it, we know it’s going to be tough. It’s a one off game, it’s a game that both teams will give everything for and trust me when I say this, we are going to leave nothing out there.”

Canaries boss David Wagner expects Josh Sargent to be fit for the second leg. Sargent, Norwich’s top scorer with 16 goals this season, picked up an ankle injury in the closing stages of Sunday’s contest and was replaced by Sydney van Hooijdonk.,

“I think he has some problems with the ankle,” said Wagner. “I haven’t spoken with him or with the medical department.

“But he’s a tough guy and I’m sure he will be ready for Thursday in a very, very big game.”