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There’s no denying the stats as far as Norwich City’s Angus Gunn is concerned

PUBLISHED: 13:52 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:49 27 September 2017

Show of defiance - Angus Gunn celebrates the history-making victory on Teesside. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Show of defiance - Angus Gunn celebrates the history-making victory on Teesside. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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You know that one about lies, damned lies and statistics? Well City’s current run of five consecutive clean sheets in the league is the latter. And a fine one at that.

Daniel Farke and his players share a special moment at the final whistle. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Daniel Farke and his players share a special moment at the final whistle. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The contrast with last year’s “score lots, concede lots as well” couldn’t be sharper: the last five league games have earned City 11 points, and they have scored just three goals.

Strange times, indeed.

Angus Gunn has played just 10 senior club games in his career, but is now in the club history books – a stunning achievement for the Gunn family connection. The 21-year-old hasn’t been beaten for 468 minutes, since Shaun Hutchinson scored past him in the 4-0 defeat at Millwall – an afternoon which is fast becoming regarded as a turning point in City’s season.

However, Angus – and City, to be fair – have a way to go to break some of the stunning clean sheet records out there.

Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga  heads for goal but his effort was cleared off the line by Christoph Zimmermann. Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga heads for goal but his effort was cleared off the line by Christoph Zimmermann.

Manchester United’s Edwin Van Der Sar went 1,311 minutes without conceding in the 2009 Premier League season, while former Liverpool and England keeper Ray Clemence had 360 clean sheets in his club career.

In 2005-06 Arsenal went 995 minutes without conceding.

As far as Football League records are concerned, the record for number of games without conceding a goal is held by Millwall (1925-6), York City (1973-74) and Reading (1978-79) with 11. Charlton had 10 in a row in 1997-98.

Port Vale have kept the most clean sheets in a single Football League season, with 30 in 1953-54. Most recently, in 2011-12, Swindon kept 26 clean sheets in their League Two campaign.

Jonathan Howson of Middlesbrough blasts a shot on goal over the bar during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
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26/09/2017 Jonathan Howson of Middlesbrough blasts a shot on goal over the bar during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 26/09/2017

As far as this season is concerned, City, Leeds and Alex Neil’s Preston have kept clean sheets in six out of their 10 games – at the other end of that particular stats table, Sunderland have kept a big fat zero.

The win at Middlesbrough was their first on Teeside in 29 years and their first clean sheet there in 41.

So, it’s time to look ahead: this weekend the Canaries travel to Reading, who have had one clean sheet in nine outings (only Sunderland have fared worse), score in two out of every three games (six out of nine this season), but have only eight goals to their name.

James Maddison celebrates scoring City's winner at the Riverside Stadium. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd James Maddison celebrates scoring City's winner at the Riverside Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alexander Tettey of Norwich and Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
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26/09/2017 Alexander Tettey of Norwich and Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 26/09/2017

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough and Christoph Zimmermann of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
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26/09/2017 Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough and Christoph Zimmermann of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 26/09/2017

James Maddison has a knee-up with Cameron Jerome after firing the Canaries into an early lead at the Riverside Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesteron/Focus Images James Maddison has a knee-up with Cameron Jerome after firing the Canaries into an early lead at the Riverside Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesteron/Focus Images

James Maddison fires the Canaries into an early lead at the Riverside Stadium. James Maddison fires the Canaries into an early lead at the Riverside Stadium.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough and James Maddison of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
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26/09/2017 Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough and James Maddison of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 26/09/2017

James Maddison clears his lines as Middlesbrough apply some pressure. James Maddison clears his lines as Middlesbrough apply some pressure.

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