Norwich City manager Bryan Gunn admits that he will probably not have chosen his side that will face Yeovil Town in the Carling Cup until his team reach Somerset for tonight's game. The Canaries have endured a tempestuous 72 hours after being thrashed 7-1 at home to Colchester United and Gunn will face a serious dilemma ahead of tonight's game - does he stick with the team that played at Carrow Road, or does he shuffle his squad and hope that the new combination pulls off a result?
Speaking in the Norwich Pink 'Un, Gunn admitted that he would be facing a confident Yeovil side and admitted he had been considering resting a few players for tonight's match, but now realises that getting a win is the priority:
"I haven't made any decisions yet on the team. Yeovil is a good footballing side who play a good brand of football and will be confident after beating Tranmere at the weekend. They will see our result and probably feel it's an opportunity for them to progress. You want to win every game and, who knows, had there been a different result on Saturday there might have been a different team going on the pitch but we have to take one match at time. I hope whatever team I select goes out focused on the job in hand and that is winning football matches - it doesn't matter what competition we are in. We want to be in the next round but we have to overcome a confident Yeovil so it won't be easy."
It shouldn't be forgotten that Norwich are one of the favourites for promotion from League One, and with a home crowd of over 20,000 at Carrow Road on Saturday, they will have plenty of financial muscle to make changes during the season. Gunn believes that the Colchester result was a one-off that 'hurt' his players:
"I think it was a freak result when you look at the scoreline and some of the goals that went in. You would have expected the academy players to have done better. It was basic defending which we try and teach all our defenders. The players are hurt and embarrassed - both individually and collectively - but we have a long journey to Yeovil and plenty of time for reflection."
Meanwhile the fall out from Saturday's horror show against Colchester United continues. Norwich are dealing with the two supporters who entered the field of play to confront Gunn during the game, and are expected to decide what sanctions to impose in the next few days. The club is also investigating the actions of player Wes Hoolahan, who is alleged to have made an obscene gesture at supporters when leaving Carrow Road after the 7-1 defeat. One suspects, supporters being supporters, it wasn't just a one sided exchange of abuse.
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