Beautiful game not a priority for Gunn

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:07 10 September 2010

City fans have been warned not to expect one and a half hours of the Alan Gow-David Mooney show this afternoon. The attacking artisans lit up Carrow Road on Tuesday as City breathed new life into their Championship survival battle with a stunning 2-0 win over Cardiff.

City fans have been warned not to expect one and a half hours of the Alan Gow-David Mooney show this afternoon.

The attacking artisans lit up Carrow Road on Tuesday as City breathed new life into their Championship survival battle with a stunning 2-0 win over Cardiff.

Gunn has demanded more of the same today - but says there will be times when City need to swap artistry for sheer strength.

"If we do get the chance to get the likes of Gow and Mooney into those areas again, hopefully we'll take advantage, but no two games are the same so I don't think we can expect that style of football every second of the game," said Gunn.

"I think we will have to dig in the trenches as well.

"We played balls into the right areas and we need to repeat that now. There's no sense in just doing that for the one game, we need to get a consistency about us and a toughness.

"Whether we can play to that same standard again, with the quality of football, I don't know. It will be a different type of game against Plymouth because they are obviously battling for their own survival and we might have to battle it out with them."

Gow and Mooney came into the side in the absence of big striker Carl Cort, and the shift of Wes Hoolahan from the hole behind the front man to the left flank. It meant a different style of football, but the side-effects of its success were in the way other players were bought into the game plan.

"I suppose we knew we couldn't play long high balls in there too often," said Gunn.

"There were still balls that went in, but they both challenged, they weren't scared of the battle they had with (Roger) Johnson and (Gabor) Gyepes so that was good to see as well, to see another side of their characters so we know they can do that now."

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