Focus on the bigger picture warns Norwich City’s John Ruddy ahead of Ipswich derby test

Norwich City's John Ruddy is focusing on the bigger picture ahead of Saturday's Championship derby at Ipswich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's John Ruddy is focusing on the bigger picture ahead of Saturday's Championship derby at Ipswich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 22, 2014
6:45 AM

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy warns promotion is a bigger prize than East Anglian bragging rights ahead of this weekend’s cross-border derby against Ipswich.

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The England international is one of a select group of survivors from two thumping wins for the Canaries during the last successful Championship promotion campaign. Ruddy knows what it means to the supporters, but City’s season does not hinge on the outcome at Portman Road.

“You can only really enjoy it if you get a positive result, but let’s be clear, it is the fourth game of the new season, it’s a 46-game season,” he said.

“If we can give the supporters something to cheer about and maybe get one over on Ipswich then that would be great as well. Getting back in the Premier League is the end goal for us and probably another 10 teams in this division, who can really threaten to challenge.

“It is a very competitive league and if you are not focused going into every game you will be punished. That is why we have to keep our minds right and keep the big goal as the focus.”

Ruddy is ruling out any psychological edge from those two wins over their bitter rivals in the 2010/11 season when Norwich followed up a 4-1 Carrow Road win with a 5-1 triumph in Suffolk.

“I don’t think that means too much to be honest because the two clubs have completely changed in that period of time,” he said. “Obviously it is a massive occasion for the fans and I know we will sell out our allocation and there is a bit of extra spice on this game because it is the derby and because it has been so long.

“Hopefully I won’t have much to do so I can take in that special atmosphere.

“Maybe they are still licking their wounds from last time. We just have to go with the right attitude and the same mindset in the last two games. It is an important step for us because if we pick up that first away win of the season that is an important milestone. We need to be hard to beat at home and pick up more wins than draws away and we’ll be right up there come the end of the season. What better place to start than Portman Road.

“Or confidence is up after the two home wins. We are looking forward to the game on Saturday and hopefully we can take the results of the last couple of games against them into that one.”

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14 comments

  • Part2: On today`s "Adams plays it cool" board, he pays complements to Brad & Tetts for the way they compliment each other... I`m not blaming Neil for that; the journo got his h0mophones mixed up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Archie won`t let me reply, LincsCan. Agree ref "Hughtonspeak". On Malky, I think he`s been stitched up by Fake Tan Man. FTM won`t rest until he`s damaged Malky beyond repair. Who hasn`t made a few `unacceptable` comments now and then? Malky was a silly boy doing it by text and getting caught. I don`t believe he`s a bad person. I hope I`m not wrong there.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I respect Ruddy's continued commitment to the club but feel he has got it wrong in this interview by allowing some Hughtonesque negativity to creep in. Winning at Ipswich and points on the board is part of the bigger picture. It would also end our away day blues. Anyway I doubt if NA, with his experience of derby days, will allow for anything less than total commitment. Going off on a tangent, what would we be debating now if Malky had been made our manager?

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Well said John Ruddy. I have always thought that Scotland's football problem was that they would rather beat England than win the world cup. What would you rather see looking back on this season, beating Ipswich or getting promoted? Of course we want both and the derby game is a test of how well the manager can motivate his team for the big one but don't let disappointment wreck teh rest of the season. COYY

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    waclor

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Wise words, CC. We must get away from that negative expectation management, so beloved of the `positive` fans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • How can not having a good result at Portman Road be focusing on the bigger picture? Winning as many games as possible is the bigger picture of returning to the Premiership and that includes the local derby games. John's words of caution sound rather like a softening up for a disappointment, an attitude that I thought the new management where working to remove. Remember the Hughton beatitude; Blessed are they that do not expect much, for they shall not be disappointed.

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    CrichtonCanary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Sorry Mr Ruddy but you have got it wrong, a win at Ipswich is very important. The fans want a win and pay good money to be entertained by the team and will decide which is the most important. Yes it would be nice to get promotion and to help towards that, a win against Ipswich will do very nicely thank you. Derbys are a big part of the fans entertainment and you must go all out to win them, we have had enough dross in the past two years, you are very lucky not to be playing in an empty stadium.

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    goldie

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • It`s the A140\A14, RG. Unless you reside in Yaarmuth or Lowstuff! Just saying.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Great comments from Ruddy - a player I am so pleased we kept! - who is realistic but clearly wants this one. BJ, Wes, Laffs (I suspect) will be fired up for this and Grabban and Jerome (if CJ plays) will doubtless understand the immensity of hitting a goal or two against our friends down the A12. What a refereshig change from Hughton who would have said much the same as Ruddy but it would have some out as "Ipswich is a massive club and we will be hoping for a draw" etc. OTBC - funnily I predict a 1-1 but would not be at all surprised to see 3 or 4 -1 with Grabban 2 and Laffs or Wes opening their account this season.

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    RichardGarratt

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • You and your Onion bag, Dubya. Surman also featured and scored in the 5-1 drubbing, but I like the look of Tettey & Bradders in midfield. Holty didn`t score in that one; he was having a rest after his hat-trick in the 4-1 drubbing. But he gave the Donkeys` defence a good beasting. That`s what we want Laffers and\or Jerome to do. Wes can do a bit too if he wants...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Yes some new names on both sides, just a question really of how many times Gerken has to pull the ball out of the old Onion bag ! He is going to have a busy afternoon one senses.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Yeah. JR's focused but there's enough soundbites in the interview to know this is a massive game for the players .......... I'm pleased that Russ and Wes will also feature, no doubt at all everyone will be up for the occasion .......... OTBC, Bring it on !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I wonder how many players on both sides will have been there at the last meeting?

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Absolutely spot on statement. Must remain focused with the job in hand. It would however make the start of the season seem that much better if we do stuff the trolls though.

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    JB

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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