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Norwich City's day of shame

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:26 06 July 2010

Michael Theoklitos won’t forget his Football League debut. Can any goalkeeper have made a worse one?

Michael Theoklitos won’t forget his Football League debut. Can any goalkeeper have made a worse one?

Chris Lakey

Three months of building bridges between club and fans was all but destroyed in 90 disastrous minutes as Norwich City's season got off to the worst possible start on Saturday.

Three months of building bridges between club and fans was all but destroyed in 90 disastrous minutes as Norwich City's season got off to the worst possible start on Saturday.

Questions are already being asked of manager Bryan Gunn's ability to lead the club as furious fans proved that their anger over relegation to League One was simply simmering under the surface.

Frustration erupted after 22 minutes when, with City having conceded four goals in 12 minutes, two fans ran on to the pitch and appeared to try and throw their season tickets at Gunn, who stood ashen-faced in front of his dug-out.

They have been charged with encroachment and the club is now considering whether or not to take further action.

At one stage City fans booed their own players, although the ironic cheers for Australian goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos whenever he successfully handled the ball, continued up to the final whistle.

City's worst ever home defeat was greeted by boos from those who managed to stay to the end, while around 100 fans protested outside the ground for more than an hour.

Gunn made a public apology to fans afterwards and reacted sharply when asked whether he had considered his own position as manager.

"No - it's a stupid question," he said. "I don't doubt my position."

Gunn does know, though, that, once again, the fans have to be won over.

"We have to rebuild the fans' faith in what we are trying to achieve," he said. "That was obviously dented today in a big way and we need to make sure that it never happens again. You have to win the right to get the fans' approval here."

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