Boss looks to re-create glory days
David Cuffley Bryan Gunn was playing the one and only time Norwich City won at Wolves - and a repeat scoreline tonight would complete the shock double of the Championship season.
Bryan Gunn was playing the one and only time Norwich City won at Wolves - and a repeat scoreline tonight would complete the shock double of the Championship season.
Goals from Andy Johnson and Ashley Ward secured a 2-0 Endsleigh League success in September 1995 on a night when new first team coach Ian Crook was also in the Canaries' line-up.
Martin O'Neill was City boss at the time and, 14 years and eight managers later, Gunn knows how tough it will be for his side to repeat those Molineux heroics.
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But the stunning 5-2 success they enjoyed against Mick McCarthy's men in October will at least make the leaders wary of the capabilities of tonight's visitors.
"We will tell the lads that - they had a great game against Wolves earlier in the season at Carrow Road and proved that on a given night they can beat the best," said Gunn.
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"We go in there with a positive attitude and hopefully the players will keep up that positivity. It's a great game, it will be one of the best games of the season, in terms of atmosphere. We have got to go and enjoy it as well. It will be a good experience for the players and the staff."
Keeping the home crowd quiet was vital, said Gunn, to get the upper hand.
"I have played there and they are a passionate bunch of supporters," he said. "If you can keep them quiet, frustrate them, it makes it a difficult atmosphere to play in.
"That would be one of our intentions, to try to keep things quiet in the early part of the game and do that."
Wolves ended a moderate January on a high note with a 3-1 win over Watford on Saturday.
Said Gunn: "I know Mick is delighted. I have been reading his comments after the victory at the weekend. They won their game and teams below them - certainly Reading - didn't win. So they're in a very strong position and with two home games on the trot they will be, I'm sure, confident they will take six points.
"But Mick was at our game on Friday night and he would have seen the way we played and went about our business and if we play to that level again we can be dangerous.
"If we can remain unbeaten after Tuesday night I'm sure once we get to our next home game we'll have a massive support and positive feelings around the place."