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Gunn had to go says City boss

Furious Bryan Gunn raced 20 yards to confront Banbury referee Dermot Gallagher after John Barnes grabbed a controversial late Liverpool equaliser.

The Norwich goalkeeper appeared to have been impeded by Ian Rush in the build-up. But his angry protest left Mr Gallagher unmoved and there was worse to follow for the Scottish international.

With just over a minute left, Gunn raced from his goal to handle outside the penalty area under pressure from Steve McManaman. Referee Gallagher had no alternative but to produce the red card although it took him some time to persuade Gunn to leave the field.

Norwich sent on Scottish Under-21 international goalkeeper Scott Howie as substitute and with his first touch in the first team he sent Julian Dicks' free-kick around the post.

Liverpool's new manager Roy Evans will have been delighted with the fighting spirit in his makeshift side as they came back to salvage a point after twice trailing.

Norwich chairman Robert Chase slapped a 6 million pound price tag on England Under-21 striker Chris Sutton - and he looked to be worth every penny. He darted in to open the scoring after 12 minutes when an Efan Ekoku cross hit Mark Wright and bounced past Bruce Grobbelaar.

But after an Ian Culverhouse 53rd minute own goal had brought Liverpool level, Sutton produced a real gem. Receiving the ball with his back to goal, he spun to beat Grobbelaar with a curling shot for his 10th goal in nine games and his 20th of the season.

Norwich missed a stack of chances to put the result beyond doubt before Barnes sparked off the late drama with his controversial equaliser.

Norwich manager John Deehan had no complaints about goalkeeper Gunn's sending-off.

Deehan said: "The referee made the right decision. Bryan had to go."

Gunn, who argued with the referee for some minutes before leaving the field, refused to comment on the incident afterwards or about his earlier protests when Barnes shot Liverpool's second equaliser.

Deehan added: "We are our own worst enemies at the moment. We keep letting the opposition back into games and no team is better at doing that than Liverpool. We should have killed the game off by going two goals ahead but we couldn't manage it."

Deehan maintained Sutton would not be the next departure from Carrow Road following winger Ruel Fox's 2.25 million pound move to Newcastle United in midweek.

"Chris is going nowhere," said Deehan.

Evans admitted he felt the tension before his first game in charge, saying: "I was a little more nervous than usual and I felt the pressure but the players took it off me. They were absolutely magnificent and showed enormous spirit to come back twice."

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