‘It was a world class stop’ - Angus Gunn earns a gold star from Daniel Farke after Bristol City heroics

PUBLISHED: 05:14 14 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:54 14 January 2018

Daniel Farke hailed Angus Gunn after his stunning late save sealed Norwich City's 1-0 Championship win at Bristol City. 
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Daniel Farke hailed Angus Gunn after his stunning late save sealed Norwich City's 1-0 Championship win at Bristol City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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James Maddison’s eighth goal of the season sunk Bristol City 1-0 in the Championship but the Canaries were indebted to a wonderful late point blank stop from Angus Gunn.

Gunn flung himself to parry Josh Brownhill’s strike six yards out in stoppage time to earn a fourth clean sheet in five unbeaten games for the Canaries.

Daniel Farke savoured one of the best wins of his City career after a gruelling week that saw the sale of Alex Pritchard and fresh injury problems.

“Each and every win is good. Full of worth,” he said. “To be there with this togetherness is a pretty high rank in my list and a wonderful evening for us.

“To be honest after this week to be there with such an important away win at Bristol, who had scored 40 goals this season. They have a spicy atmosphere here.

“I can only praise my lads today. it was a tough week in personal terms. We lost two players, we had injury problems and travelled with a really thin squad. We had a special plan and it totally worked.

“It was a well-deserved win and I am happy to end a tough week in such a positive way.

We were brilliant in our defending behaviour and we had five or six good situations in the first half and we must be in the lead.

“You know it can’t go on like this in the second half because Bristol must react. There will be some situations and from the 50th to the 70th minute there was a lot of pressure from corners, throw ins and high balls.

“They had maybe one shot that touched the crossbar. That was a bit spicy.

After 70 minutes we had the feeling we had the game more under control.

“We had a brilliant situation just before the goal when James Maddison passed the ball too early. Angus Gunn made an unbelievable save. He didn’t have to do much in the game but we needed him and it was a world class save.

“I am really pleased because the lads deserved it 100pc. Right now they are allowed to.”

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Opinion: It’s been a very eventful few days for Norwich City, and it all started with that brilliant 1-0 win at Ashton Gate. This win was thanks to another wonderful James Maddison goal and one hell of a save by Angus Gunn, one his old man I’m sure would have been proud to make. Sadly Norwich went out of the FA Cup at the third round stage for the fourth consecutive season, but gave a magnificent account of themselves and pushed Chelsea all the way – but it wasn’t to be as they were knocked out in the cruellest way, on penalties. The win against Bristol City means the club have won nearly twice as many away games as they have done at Carrow Road, Norwich are now unbeaten in their last four league games while conceding just one goal in those four games. Saturday gives City an opportunity to win back-to-back league games for the first time at Carrow Road this season, which is quite astounding considering we’re now in mid-January. I guess it just goes to show how they’ve struggled to break teams down and how inconsistent they have been on their own patch. Chris Wilder brings his out-of-sorts Sheffield United down to Carrow Road – I’m sure he’ll get a nice warm welcome from the Norwich faithful after some of the remarks he made after Norwich’s very impressive win at Bramall Lane in a bad-tempered game earlier in the season when the Blades we’re flying in the league, something they aren’t quite doing at this moment in time, having won just one of their last 10 Championship games. I think tomorrow gives the lads a real chance of closing the gap even more on the teams in those play-off positions. I scored a few goals against Sheffield United in my career, especially when I played at Bramall Lane – a brace for Leicester springs to mind. I scored a couple for Norwich against them at Carrow Road and looking back on my 96 goals for the Canaries, one of those was one of the most important that I scored for the club. The first of those two City goals came in a thrilling game when we found ourselves 2-0 with just 24 minutes gone, but we made the boos and the jeers turn to cheers with goals from Phil Mulryne, Tony Cottee (his one and only for Norwich), Chris Llewelyn and yours truly seeing us make a tremendous comeback to win the game 4-2. The other goal I was talking about came in our Championship-winning season on January 31 and, as I said, it’s right up there with some of the most important goals I scored for the club. It was a top-of-the-table clash as both us and Sheffield United had had a very good first half to the season and were fighting it up at the top of the league. It was a very close game with not many clear-cut chances until a ball broke to me in the 59th minute. It came to me perfectly, about 12 yards from goal and without breaking my stride I smashed it past the helpless Paddy Kenny and Carrow Road erupted. It was a very important win for us and as a forward there’s no better result than winning the game 1-0 with you getting the winner. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish both Russell Martin and Cameron Jerome all the very best at their new clubs. Both have been magnificent servants to the club and have been ultimate professionals while they’ve represented Norwich City and have always given everything when they’ve played. Both have taken harsh criticism in the last two or three seasons and at times been made scapegoats, but one thing is for sure, they’ve never hidden and taken everything on the chin and got on with things. Let’s hope that whoever comes in to replace Russ and Cameron will show the same level of commitment to Norwich City over the next few years.

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