Gunn to ring the changes
David Cuffley City boss Bryan Gunn has confirmed he is planning to make changes tonight after defeat by Coventry made it seven games without a win.The Canaries go to Queens Park Rangers in one of 10 Championship games being played this evening, and they could be even further adrift if they are beaten again.
City boss Bryan Gunn has confirmed he is planning to make changes tonight after defeat by Coventry made it seven games without a win.
The Canaries go to Queens Park Rangers in one of 10 Championship games being played this evening, and they could be even further adrift if they are beaten again.
Asked if he was planning a selection shake-up, Gunn said: “Yes, I am, because I think we need people on the pitch that believe we can get out of this situation. We need people that are confident about getting out of the situation and confident in their own ability to go out on the pitch and perform. I keep using the word passion - we need that passion as well.
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“I need to look people in the eye and know that's what I'm going to get from them. There is a lot of doom and gloom out there, a lot of negativity. I certainly only want the people at Colney in the training centre that believe we can do it.
“All I read, all I hear is that people think we're relegated and I don't think we are.”
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Defender Jason Shackell and striker Carl Cort missed training yesterday but are both expected to be fit to face Rangers.
Shackell took a knock on his ankle against Coventry, while Cort, who suffered a foot injury in the 1-0 defeat at Preston, has a fresh injury problem.
Said Gunn: “We thought it was a broken metatarsal when he came off at Preston, but it was something to do with a fat pad, which he's had injections on to make sure he gets through the game. On Thursday after training he came off with a separate injury.
“You have to give Corty a lot of credit. He passed another fitness test on Saturday to get himself on the pitch and he gave us 90 minutes. And he will be fit for the game tonight, and that's the type of attitude and commitment we need from players, from everybody at this particular time.
“Carl certainly wants to play and I commend that attitude.”
There is no immediate sign of a recall for out-of-favour midfielder Matty Pattison.
“It's quite awkward. I said on Friday we had a full squad to pick from and Matthew was part of that squad,” said Gunn.
“You're picking 16 players out of 22, so that's a decision I make and I said to Matt and others in a similar position to him that they've got to work hard to re-convince me and the coaching staff, with a good attitude with a good effort in training, and in the reserve games we've had, that they're worthy of a place in the team or the squad.
“That's the opportunity those people have. We haven't got any reserve games until next week at Chelsea, so they'll have to do this in training. There are 11 games left as well and we might have to use these players, so they've got to be ready. They've got to make sure they train correctly and then if they're needed, the opportunity might arise.”