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Gunn gets serious for Premier test

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 06 July 2010

Bryan Gunn sends out his Norwich City players for the final pre-season game of the summer insisting that business has already become deadly serious. The Canaries are unbeaten in six warm-up games and impressively disposed of Championship side Crystal Palace in midweek.

Bryan Gunn sends out his Norwich City players for the final pre-season game of the summer insisting that business has already become deadly serious.

The Canaries are unbeaten in six warm-up games and impressively disposed of Championship side Crystal Palace in midweek.

Premier League Wigan provide this afternoon's test, and Gunn says there will be no let-up.

“It is confidence building,” said the City manager. “Over the past couple of seasons we have probably had too much of a losing mentality and now the new signings have come in with a strong mental capacity and winning mentality.

“Right from day one with the first signing, Matty Gill - he has had back-to-back promotions with Exeter so he knows what it's like to win and be successful and hopefully now with all of those guys in the dressing room together there is a toughness and a competitive streak to them so that every time they take a Norwich City shirt out on to the pitch they want to do well, not only for themselves, but for the team, for the supporters and I think that is what we have tried as well, that winning spirit.”

City - whose best run last season was four games unbeaten - started their summer campaign with a 7-2 win at Dartford, won three games in Scotland, drew 1-1 at home to a Manchester United XI a week ago and then beat Palace 1-0 on Tuesday, lifting hopes that the League One campaign will be as short as possible.

“We have gained confidence from the fact that we've played well and we've had victories,” said Gunn.

“We've worked hard in games and if we can gain more confidence in doing that tomorrow against a Premier League side I see that as a better way of going into the Colchester game than coming away with a bad performance and a bad result.

“I expect the players to go out and perform to the best of their ability and achieve a result if we can.”

Gunn admits there are still places up for grabs and today is the last chance for players to impress where it counts - on the field.

“Every time they take to the field they have got to impress, every time they take to the training pitch now they have got to work in the training as well,” he said.

“It is another opportunity for you to impress and I certainly have got the feeling that everyone is keen to play and wants to play and one of the reasons we have had some decent results in pre-season as well - that competition for places now.

“There are still places up for grabs. It is getting to the stage now where you do start thinking ahead, but again we will be sitting down next Friday morning trying to put a team down.”

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