Alex Neil refuses to give any clues over Norwich City goalkeeping dilemma ahead of West Ham’s Premier League visit

07:35 13 February 2016

Declan Rudd is in the firing line at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Declan Rudd is in the firing line at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil insists he is not keeping a crime count when it comes to his selection calls for the Premier League run-in.

Neil batted away questions on whether the time had come for John Ruddy to return against West Ham on Saturday after Declan Rudd’s error of judgement contributed to Aston Villa’s second goal last weekend.

Rudd got his chance after some high-profile mistakes from Ruddy, but Neil’s mantra is a simple one.

“It is a case of who we think is the best XI to win a particular game. That is the bottom line. Who gives us the best chance of beating West Ham, regardless of position or what has gone before,” said Neil. “There is not a set quota for making errors. What do you say to them, ‘make two errors and that is you out of the team,’ of course not.

“John will be disappointed. I sat down and spoke with him at the time and explained why I was making the change. He is respectful of his team mates and he has got on with it and has helped Declan prepare for each game the best he can, as you would expect, but of course he is determined to get back into the side. Nothing changes from that point of view.”

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  • City m.what an old misery you are,all dome and sure you you spell your name correctly.i think it should be town m.

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    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • ncfc, with Wisdom out injured Martin has a guaranteed place which, in turn, gives Bennett the semblance of a chance. I suspect Alex will stick with Bass & Klose, though. Surely Olsson will be reinstated @ LB?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • So we have to look forward to the replacing one keeper conceding lots with the most mistake prone keeper since Massimo taibi. Great.

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    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • Lol. You can't make some of this stuff up. If ruddy doesn't get back in today he never will. Alex tinker neil never ceases to amaze us with his team selection. Just a shame he's forgot about ryan bennent .

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    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • We have heard this before and AN has made many to many changes wich do help I beleave the rot has sent in and the player don't have what's needed for a battle .hope I am wrong ?

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    City M

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

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