Friday, February 8, 2013
Norwich City keeper Mark Bunn knows he needs to stay at the top of his game to remain the Canaries’ last line of defence.
Bunn’s defiance has helped earn the Canaries’ Premier League points in their last two outings against Tottenham and QPR following the recent arrival of experienced rival Lee Camp.
The 28-year-old’s superb penalty stop from Adel Taarabt capped a fine individual display at Loftus Road last weekend, but Bunn is well aware that he cannot afford to let his standards drop.
“It’s good when new faces come in and Campy is another good keeper who’s had a good career at Nottingham Forest,” he said.
“He’s come into training and it does push you when someone else comes in. I’ve been working hard and I want to keep my place in goal so I will continue working hard.
“The last two games I’ve been very happy with, so I hope I can just continue, keep doing well and get some more points for Norwich. The only times we’ve leaked a lot of goals were Manchester City and Liverpool and we should have done better in those games, but apart from that, the other games have been quite tight, especially at Norwich. We don’t tend to lose too many home games.”
Bunn revealed he has had plenty of support from injured England international and first choice John Ruddy since being thrust into the spotlight prior to Christmas.
“I wasn’t really expecting to play straightaway because John has done really well at Norwich,” he said. “When the chance came I had to step up to the plate and I think I’ve done well overall.
“The fans love John here and rightly so. All I can do is keep working hard and keep showing the fans what I can do in the games and keep doing well and try to stay in the team. John’s been out for a long while. I had a long injury last season so I know what it’s like. I was out for six months and it’s never nice.
“We’re great friends off the pitch and even in training we always tell each other ‘Well done’. All the keepers here have a great relationship. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a club where the goalkeepers haven’t got on and its fine here.”
Bunn may have been part of the Norwich contingent who remained in Norfolk during the international break, but the keeper’s preparations for Fulham’s Premier League visit this weekend were still disrupted by the absence of England and City goalkeeping coach Dave Watson.
“Dave has been away with England for a few days, but it was back to the hard work (on Thursday),” said Bunn. “It’s always massive that when you play teams around you, you get three points. That’s what we’ll be looking to do – to win this game.
“You need to beat the teams around you. The last thing you want to do is get sucked into the relegation battle. It will be a big game and we’ve got two home games now so I hope we can get two wins. If we do that then you end up halfway up the league.”