Gunn still confident City can beat the drop

PUBLISHED: 10:52 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 10 September 2010

Bryan Gunn looks on as Norwich battle against Burnley at Carrow Road on Saturday. Photo: Antony Kelly

Bryan Gunn looks on as Norwich battle against Burnley at Carrow Road on Saturday. Photo: Antony Kelly

David Cuffley

City boss Bryan Gunn insists that his side will pull off their relegation escape act - despite seeing another two home points slip from their grasp against Burnley.

City boss Bryan Gunn insists that his side will pull off their relegation escape act - despite seeing another two home points slip from their grasp against Burnley.

The Canaries have yet to win since Gunn's permanent appointment as manager, with four draws and two defeats following the 4-0 victory over Barnsley they achieved in his one game as caretaker manager.

But, though they remain in the bottom three going into the final 12 games, Gunn backed his players to avoid the drop into League One.

He said: “I see we've got 12 cup finals and we need to win more of those cup finals than we lose or draw.

“I think we'll do it, and I believe that we'll do it. It's no sense me sitting here as manager and telling you anything different. I hope that we have got across to the players as well that they can believe they can do it.

“They're disappointed in the dressing room now because they've not got three points against a team that are chasing possible promotion to the Premier League. That's the sort of attitude and commitment and passion that we want in the dressing room and if we can get that in our remaining six home games and our remaining six away games, I'll be very happy.”

The Canaries had chances to build on the 1-0 lead they secured through Jamie Cureton, the best of them when Carl Cort's header was kept out by Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen.

“We might have won, could have won. Brian Jensen made a couple of fantastic saves, one in each half. I think the first one was probably the most crucial because had we got 2-0 in front we'd have certainly had something more to hang on to,” said Gunn.

“Today we proved if we can get the ball into the box and he gets on the end of them we have a good chance of scoring, so apart from an excellent save from a decent goalkeeper we could have seen Carl Cort on the scoresheet.

“I suppose when you see it again he might not have got himself into the position which would have seen him score.”

Gunn argued that City should have defended better when Steven Thompson equalised, but applauded his team's second-half display.

“In the second half we went out, took the game to them and again, apart from the one Chris Eagles chance late in the game, I can't remember too many other moments to worry about.

“The lads went out and showed their character again, showed a lot of bottle because I know how frustrated the crowd can get at Carrow Road and when they came back to 1-1 there was probably a little bit of frustration came out there.

“You can hear it when you're standing on the touchline. I'm starting to learn who the jokers are in the crowd, when you make a substitution - probably the same guys who are screaming at players.

“It doesn't help, doesn't help the players. They need to be patient, the crowd. We had chances in that second half, we didn't shut up shop and try for a draw.

“We went out in the second half, we believed we could win the game and again, but for another very good save by Brian Jensen, we could have possibly got something more from the game.

“But that's not taking anything away from Burnley, they're an excellent side.

“They keep going to the 90 minutes or whatever the referee and the fourth official decide and I was happy to see that effort from Chris Eagles fly over the top, no doubt about that.”

Cort's early withdrawal was not down to injury, admitted Gunn, who also replaced goalscorer Cureton with debutant Luke Daley and man of the match Wes Hoolahan with Ryan Bertrand before the end.

“Carl wanted to stay on longer. I just tried to freshen things up with Chris Killen and then Luke Daley coming on. Luke's biggest asset is his pace but we didn't have too many opportunities to utilise that,” he said.

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