Bunn on a roll! Wonder save
the spur for Blackburn No 2
It”s exactly a year ago today that Mark Bunn made his Barclays Premier League debut for Blackburn. But, formany, the goalkeeper”s wonder save at Liverpool on Boxing Day came out of the blue.
Bunn, who showed amazing reflexes toturn Liverpool striker Andy Carroll”s close-range effort around the post in stoppage time as Rovers drew 1-1, has been on the books at EwoodPark for three-and-a-half years.
Rover the moon: Bunn shows his delight at Anfield
The 27-year-old reacted as though he had scored at the other end and it was the kind of save that persuaded former Blackburn boss Paul Ince to pay 1million to sign the north Londoner on a four-year deal.
Bunn arrived from Northampton Town on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2008 and in his last game for the then-League One club he helped knock Bolton out of the Carling Cup. He had already interested Nottingham Forest and trained with Manchester City.
The ex-Tottenham trainee made his Blackburn debut against Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup before joining Leicester City on loan, and spent much of the following season at Sheffield United as a replacement for Paddy Kenny while he served a drugs ban.
Although Bunn was unsure of his future at Ewood Park when he returned last season, he was installed as Paul Robinson”s deputy after both England Under 21 keeper Frank Fielding and Jason Brown were allowed to leave the club.
The 6ft tall Bunn admits he has learned a lot from Robinson, saying: “You are training with him week in, week out and you are only going to be a better goalkeeper for that. I can look at how to improve myself as a goalkeeper if I go and take things off him and put them into my game.”
As well as stepping in for Robinson in the Carling Cup, Bunn made his Premier League debut off the bench last year when the former England goalkeeper was injured at West Bromwich, and also made two starts against Sunderland and Liverpool.
After Robinson withdrew with a calf injury on Monday, Bunn was given another chance against the Merseysiders and made the most of it with another impressive display – and that save at the death.