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I am certainly not one to criticise players for no good reason, and I do think Mark Bunn had a decent game. However, there were a few signs in the game that Norwich City may miss John Ruddy for the next few months more than some fans think.
Bunn was disappointed to have conceded the Sunderland goal just before half time, and it could be argued that conceding that goal put Norwich under unnecessary pressure in the second half.
There were two mistakes in the second half that the Canaries goalkeeper got away with. One of these was a spill that could have led to a Sunderland goal had it not been for an offside flag; the other was an unconvincing punch that required a smart defensive clearance off the line.
However, there is one final area that had me concerned watching Sunday’s match, and that is in Bunn’s leaderships qualities. Ruddy is such a leader on the field, and he is always barking instructions to his defenders—I didn’t see anything like that from Bunn.
Nevertheless, I’m keen for this not to sound like a public slating of a player doing a solid job for the club. My main point is he has a lot of work to do before he is anything like the standard of Ruddy; I have to admit that I was shocked to see him named Man of the Match at the game because, for my money, there were a number of players that outperformed him. But it should be noted that the keeper did make some decent saves in the match.