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‘We need to install that into our game’ – Gunn reacts to Canaries’ Leeds loss

Angus Gunn claims the ball well under pressure during Norwich City's 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Angus Gunn claims the ball well under pressure during Norwich City's 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City had to digest a 1-0 defeat at Leeds United – but Angus Gunn denied it’s back to square one for the Canaries.

Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald is beaten by Alex Pritchard's dipping shot - but the bar came to his rescue and Norwich City ultimately slipped to Championship defeat. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald is beaten by Alex Pritchard's dipping shot - but the bar came to his rescue and Norwich City ultimately slipped to Championship defeat. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Daniel Farke’s side went into Saturday’s clash off the back of their first defeat in eight league matches, but defeat at Elland Road left a familiar feeling – even though City’s performance was far from below par.

Pontus Jansson headed the game’s only goal from Pawel Cibicki set-piece delivery on 41 minutes, in an entertaining game where both sides created decent opportunities.

“I don’t think this feels like back to square one looking at the performance, because we played very well today,” said Gunn.

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Nelson Oliveira tries his luck late on, but can only find the stand behind the Leeds United goal, as Norwich City lost 1-0 at Elland Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Nelson Oliveira tries his luck late on, but can only find the stand behind the Leeds United goal, as Norwich City lost 1-0 at Elland Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

“We didn’t have too many chances but we did have good play and we got into the final third very well. It was just frustrating that we couldn’t get the equaliser in the end. We just need to look forward to Friday night now (when Brentford visit Carrow Road) and make sure we put it right.

“It’s concerning for everyone that we’re playing well for long periods and not getting things out of games but you have just got to keep at it, keep strong as a team, stay together and focus on the next game.

“We’ll look back at the mistakes we’ve made in this game and try to rectify them.

“To be honest I thought we were the better team overall in the game, but they took their chance and they were clinical. We need to install that clinical finish into our game and make sure we start picking up points now.

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“It’s a tough one to take. Looking back on the game we played very well and got out of the blocks really quickly. We were on the front foot.

“When you come to Elland Road you expect to come under pressure, which they put on a bit in the first half. But I think we stood up to most of it well.

“The goal was at a bad time for us and set us back a little bit. But in the second half we came out all guns blazing again and we just didn’t find that quality pass or end product.

“It has happened a few times already this season (like this) and set pieces are a massive part of Championship football. The last few losses we’ve had have come from set pieces, so it’s disappointing.

“But we need to get back out on the training pitch and work on that, and then come back out on Friday fighting again.”

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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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