Gunn applauds Canaries' fightback
David Cuffley City boss Bryan Gunn was prepared to forgive his players' individual errors and applaud their fighting spirit after they played their full part in a gripping evening's entertainment at Molineux.
City boss Bryan Gunn was prepared to forgive his players' individual errors and applaud their fighting spirit after they played their full part in a gripping evening's entertainment at Molineux.
The Canaries secured a 3-3 draw to follow up their 5-2 home victory over Championship leaders Wolves earlier in the season, and extended Gunn's run as boss to four games without defeat.
A fumble by goalkeeper David Marshall presented Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with his first goal and he later completed his hat-trick after Darel Russell slipped in the penalty area and lost possession.
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But both players had their moments during the 90 minutes and Gunn was keen to emphasise the positives.
"The team performance was excellent. The commitment was excellent," he said. "It was a passionate performance which we asked for and which I have got in the four games I've been involved in.
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"They keep setting the standards, raising the bar. They were actually disappointed in the dressing room that they didn't win the game, which is good, but I did say to them that they've got to be proud coming to the league leaders and putting in a performance like that.
"I know we've had a good time against Wolves this season so there is no reason why we can't go into the last 15 games of the season and have that same level of commitment and I hope we'll move ourselves out of the still precarious position we're in.
"The lads held their hands up and owned up to mistakes and we got on with it. That's what I've asked for - honesty. And that's what I'm getting. If somebody makes a mistake and his team-mates help him out and get him out of the situation, that's exactly what I'm after. They took responsibility in the dressing room and that's all I can ask for, that honesty."
Gunn shared his players' view, however, that they could have won.
"I was disappointed as well - I was with the players because we had some chances again at crucial times in the game when we could have put it beyond them," he said.
"But we got what we got and we've got to be happy with that and move on to a crucial game on Saturday against Bristol City."
Gunn said he was delighted with the performance in the second half of three of his new signings, loan trio David Carney, Alan Gow and Chris Killen.
"It was unfortunate that Ryan Bertrand hurt his ankle in the first half, but he bravely carried on to half-time so it was an opportunity to get David Carney on first.
"Big Carl Cort and Jamie Cureton put in a good shift up front and to bring on two strikers like Chris Killen and Alan Gow gives us that strength in depth we haven't had. Once we get the boys a bit more game time, we will get them up to full fitness.
"It was a busy day in the transfer market and I think I came out of it very well on the strength of tonight's performance."