'It's that last sinew of effort' - Legend Gunn on THAT save by his son Angus
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It was the save that earned Angus Gunn rave reviews as well as Norwich City three points at Bristol City - Canaries legend and dad Bryan Gunn knows it was one forged from hours of work at Colney and Etihad Campus.
With the second of five added minutes and the Canaries 1-0 to the good at the Robins, Gunn scrambled across the floor and got up a second time to fling up his left arm and forcefully block what looked a simple eight-yard finish for Josh Brownhill.
Norwich held on, Gunn had his fourth clean sheet in five games and their on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper was the toast of his hometown club and its legendary former number one, Bryan.
“It was an excellent save in the right time of the game, but it was one of those that any current or former goalkeeper like me would say it’s something you do in training every day – and then only happens once or twice a season that you actually get to perform the actual technique,” said Gunn senior.
“It’s something I did as a young goalkeeper, Angus would’ve done as a young goalkeeper and is still in routines to this day.
“But the importance of the save was the winning of the three points and I think you could see it in the reaction of the players, who had all put their bodies on the line and were all sticking their heads in the way. The save was just the icing on the cake for the very professional performance the team had put in.
“Straight away on social media there were a lot of goalkeepers saying it was down to Angus’ hard work and they would know about that, about the effort and extra stretch you have to put in to make that save.
“Even if you can only just move your body in the last minutes of training, it’s that last sinew of effort that comes out and it was late in Saturday’s game, so it replicated one of those training ground moments.
“Hopefully he’ll be out on the training pitch on Monday doing exactly the same and there might be different techniques needed against Chelsea (Wednesday’s FA Cup replay), but it’s all part and parcel of being a goalkeeper.
“The position’s main ethos is keep the ball out of the net at all costs, and that was one of the ways Angus had to do it on Saturday.”
Bryan Gunn has taken in Angus’ performances for his former club across the country so far this season – and other saves that caught his eye just as much, if not more.
“I actually liked the one against Sheffield Wednesday from Gary Hooper, when Angus had to come out, stood big and made the block,” added Gunn.
“I think with Angus, he’s very steady, very composed. Unspectacular if needs be. He’ll be brave, will get himself into those situations and make it look easy. That one was unspectacular but very important in terms of getting that home win after a run of bad results and being part of the team performance.
“His one save at Birmingham (from Jonathan Grounds) was excellent, and even his first one at Fulham – because he’s only played 30 games and that was his first save in the professional game. That was only August.
“Some goalkeepers make things look more spectacular but just the way he’s been coached and brought up, how he takes on his trade, that’s him all over. He comes out and catches crosses, makes his punches, he’ll pat down stinging shots from outside the box with a bit of contempt – but that’s all part of his technique.”
Some Norwich City fans are feeling the full force of the Canaries rollercoaster this season, but no one needs to tell Gunny how that feels given his 477 appearances and almost 20 years at the club.
“It’s part and parcel of being a Norwich City player, a Norwich City fan, a Norwich City reporter; that’s the way the club has been since I’ve been part of its history and probably before that,” said Gunn.
“If you looked at the overall play on the pitch at the weekend, I thought Norwich’s performance was very professional, they moved the ball well, kept possession and had other chances to score.
“They got the result in the end and the way they have performed against top teams this season, it just makes it more frustrating for some of the results they haven’t picked up and maybe should’ve done in other parts of the season.”
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