Bunn rising to City challenge
Goalkeeper Mark Bunn hopes his heroics against Tottenham will help his push to dislodge John Ruddy from the Norwich starting XI.
Bunn was making just his second start for the club last night but he excelled, making a series of saves to restrict Tottenham to a one-goal lead before a dramatic final quarter ensued in the Capital One Cup clash.
First Jan Vertonghen put through his own net and then Simeon Jackson lashed home from close range to put the Canaries ahead, but the drama did not end there as Bunn denied Clint Dempsey from the penalty spot with just two minutes left to prevent the game from going into extra-time.
Bunn, a summer signing from Blackburn, revealed afterwards he knew he had a good chance of saving the American's penalty after studying his previous efforts from 12 yards.
Bunn faces a tough task in replacing crowd favourite Ruddy at Carrow Road, but the 27-year-old thinks last night's save will have done him no harm.
"When you come to a new club you just have to take your chance when you are given it and I think I did that," Bunn said.
"It was great to save the penalty and get the win. I just have to keep working hard now and maybe push Ruddy because he's a fantastic player, and I get on really well with him.
"I have a good relationship with all of the keepers here and the rest of the squad."
Studying the opposition's penalty-taking habits has become something of a staple for any top-flight goalkeeper, but Bunn is still happy he did his homework on Dempsey.
He said: "I was pretty confident that I would save it because we study where they take them before the game on the ipads so I knew he went that way."
Bunn now hopes the Canaries can make it to Wembley for the first time since they beat Sunderland to win the League Cup in 1985.
"It's the first time we have got through for a while so it's great for Norwich as a club," Bunn said.
"Now hopefully we can dream of going to Wembley.
"We have a great spirit and a great young team here. The lads are buzzing and hopefully we can keep on pushing hard."
The club's quarter-final against Aston Villa will be the first time that Paul Lambert has returned to Carrow Road since his acrimonious departure from the Norfolk club this summer.
Lambert's successor Chris Hughton was reluctant to be drawn on that aspect of the tie today, choosing instead to focus on footballing matters.
"It's certainly a difficult home tie for us," Hughton told Canaries Player.
"But when your name comes out of the hat at home, that's the most important thing.
"The fact we're against a Barclays Premier League team will hopefully mean it'll be a big crowd and a good occasion."
Hughton has the more immediate task of trying to earn another three points against Stoke on Saturday to think about.
"We have a real tough game here on Saturday," Hughton added.
"The quality of the players that they have brought in is good. They are a hard-working, well-disciplined team with good quality in their side."