Chris Hughton insists Norwich City’s impressive number one John Ruddy would be the first to thank the men in front of him after his latest sparkling shut-out against Manchester United.

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Ruddy’s stellar display in front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson at Carrow Road saw him dominate most of the post-match headlines after his third Premier League clean sheet in a row.

The 26-year-old international superbly denied Ashley Young in the first period before two vital interventions deep in stoppage time sealed a priceless 1-0 win over the three-times European champions.

Hughton admits Ruddy is in a rich vein of personal form, but a settled back four has also been a key factor with Sebastien Bassong and Michael Turner forging a solid pairing at the heart of a miserly City defence.

“They look a very good partnership the two of them and that is a plus for us,” he said. “I think that is an area in any team where you need consistency. If you have that in your back four and keeper it certainly helps and it makes it a little easier going into the next game if you have performed well and particularly if you have kept clean sheets. There is nothing better for a goalkeeper than when you’re keeping clean sheets, and what he has at the moment is a very resilient group of players in front of him that are restricting the chances that he is having to deal with. I think we restricted them (United) to minimal clear-cut chances but you need a goalkeeper that is assured, confident and brave.”

Hughton believes City’s defensive resolve has arguably tested Ruddy’s powers of concentration more than his shot-stopping prowess.

“I’ve been impressed with John, particularly in recent games, where we have been tight as a unit,” he said. “They’re the moments of concentration that you have to have. For him, it wasn’t so much saving the one versus one efforts (against United). It was about real concentration levels, about making good decisions to come and when not to come, to get among bodies and so on. That is a mark of a really good keeper when you have to make those decisions in a match.”

England chief Hodgson opted to retain Joe Hart for last week’s 4-2 friendly defeat against Sweden rather than hand Ruddy his second senior cap after a debut in the 2-1 pre-season win over Italy. Hughton, however, is convinced the Canaries can only reap the benefits from Ruddy’s continued presence on the international scene.

“It is no coincidence he is with England on most internationals now and of course the England manager watching him certainly wouldn’t have done John any harm,” said Hughton.

“It’s always nice for the England manager to be present and for John to keep a clean sheet in front of him. Every player would want to play at international level. If you’re playing at international level and can be seen to play at international level, it’s recognition of where you are at. I would think if that doesn’t give him a lift then nothing will.”

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7 comments

  • Concur with your Holty comments, Sprowst. I only listened to the match on Radio Partridge, despite the late opportunity of a ticket. The commentary indicated that our captain was doing a lot of defending. He`s a one-off. If he never scores again, he`s been tremendous for NCFC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • What`s Ruddy`s transfer value? No idea! A lot more than we paid for him, certainly. I definitely don`t want him to go. But how much longer does Bunn expect to be confined to the bench, except for Capital One Cup matches? Then will (our) JR be preferred anyway in the later stages? Was it Clemence and Shilton that shared the England GK job? Can`t remember. What`s the going rate for an England squad goalkeeper in top form and clearly improving? Depends whether one of the Rich List clubs have a goalkeeper "crisis"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Cash in on Ruddy - put Bunn in goal - spend the windfall on 'Strikers' or a Striker! maybe that the plan

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    malmocanary

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • On a slightly different note, when Ruddy did pull off the save from Young the player who was throwing himself across the line to cover was Holt. Several times he has impressed me in coming back to cover. And, he isn't afraid to get in the way, unlike many other Premiership players who just turn their backs and try to get out of the way rather than blocking shots & perhaps end up deflecting the ball into their own goal.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I fear it might not be too long before some of the big spenders of the Premier league come knocking at our door for Ruddy

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    Trevor Sadd

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I`ve been banging that "cash in on Ruddy" drum since the seemingly illogical signing of Mark Bunn - who does look a very decent `keeper. Surely there has to be an agenda, what with Dec waiting in the wings too. JR is beginning to look the real deal.Not just shot stopping, but commanding his territory and directing the defence. It`s a confidence thing, and with Dave Watson & Hoots around, his has been bolstered. Don`t want him to go, though! If he does go it has to be for top dollar. That guy IS England`s best keeper right now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Exactly how much do you think we will make on JR, is it worth it? By the way 32 years ago to the day, 350 million people worldwide tuned in to find out who shot JR.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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