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Mark Bunn relishes 'Number 1' role with Norwich

Norwich City goalkeeper Mark Bunn Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Mark Bunn is relishing his role as Norwich City's first choice goalkeeper, but knows he has to stay on top of his game.

Bunn was initially brought to Carrow Road to compete with John Ruddy after signing from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

But since Ruddy was sidelined after a thigh injury sustained at Everton in November, Bunn has featured in all City's Premier League games. He's expected to continue in goal when Norwich host Fulham on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash, Bunn said "The fans love John here and rightly so. He's done really well.

"All I can do is keep working hard and keep showing the fans what I can do inthe games and hopefully I can keep doing well and try and stay in the team.

"I wasn't really expecting to play straight away when I came here. When the chance came I had to step up to the plate. I think I've done well overall during my time.

"The last two games I've been happy with so hopefully I can just continue now doing well and hopefully get some more points for Norwich".

And Dunn has played his part while Ruddy continues his recovery after surgery and re-hab.

"I had a long injury last season so I know what its like", Bunn added. "I was out for six months. 'It's never nice.

"We're great friends off the pitch. Even in training we always tell each other "Well done".

"We've got a great relationship. All the 'keepers here have got a great relationship. I haven't been to a club where the goalkeepers haven't got on. We get on well and it's fine here".

Ruddy was in the Norwich goal on the opening day of the season in August when they shipped in five at Fulham. Its an experience Bunn later suffered at Liverpool in January.

"It's not nice being beaten by five", said Bunn, who saved a penalty in City's goalless draw at Queens Park Rangers last time out.

"The lads will want to put it right. We've kept it tight the last couple of games, and we've been working hard on the training ground".

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