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John Ruddy knows Declan Rudd is a worthy rival for Norwich City’s number one jersey

06:00 04 December 2015

John Ruddy is well aware Declan Rudd is pushing him hard for the Norwich City number one spot. 
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John Ruddy is well aware Declan Rudd is pushing him hard for the Norwich City number one spot. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City keeper John Ruddy knows Declan Rudd is pushing him hard for a Premier League start.

Ruddy labelled his own form ‘patchy’ ahead of last weekend’s 1-1 top flight draw against Arsenal, after being punished for high profile errors earlier this season against West Ham and Manchester City.

The 29-year-old has been the Canaries’ undisputed number one since replacing Fraser Forster at Carrow Road back in 2010, but Rudd underlined he was a viable option during the club’s Capital One Cup run this season.

“It is not just this season, he played well last season and the 18 months or so he had at Preston,” said Ruddy. “Everyone knows what Dec can do. He has come back from Preston a different keeper, in the sense he is a lot more sharper, but in that respect it is no different to when I first joined the club. I had Dec and Jed Steer here and although they were young if they were good enough then they would have deserved a chance. We have had many keepers here in my time.

“Bunny (Mark Bunn) came in and did very well when I was injured during one Premier League, Nashy (Carlo Nash) wasn’t so much going to knock on the door for a start but he was always driving me in training. That keeps you motivated. We work well together but ultimately we are fighting for one spot.”

Ruddy realises a clean sheet or two can only bolster his claims to retain the jersey ahead of this weekend’s latest league trip to fellow promoted rivals Watford.

“The most frustrating thing earlier in the season was we would concede a sloppy goal when we were so close to the perfect performances,” he said. “Sunderland and Bournemouth should have been clean sheets, but we were still getting three points.

“It is nice for a keeper to have clean sheets, in the same way it is nice for strikers to score, but as long as we put points on the board I would take winning every game 5-4 if we stay in this league.

“The most important thing is the standards you set at places like Manchester City or Chelsea have to be the same in the other games. Getting a point or two at those places doesn’t keep you in this league, it is the teams in and around us where we have to pick up our points.”

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15 comments

  • Any outfield player making the number of errors Ruddy has this seaon would have been dropped by now. Declan Rudd is good enough. Put him in and then it is up to John Ruddy to win back the shirt just like any other player. Seems that our Neil has little confidence in him if he is looking for yet another keeper. Perhaps a transfer request from Declan would concentrate minds.

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    Bally High

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • I are bored of watching Ruddy make mistake after mistake. Plus the City defence should know he has no left leg....to name one weakness. Slow is a second and hesitant is a third. I could go on!

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    A fine city

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • Just wondering whether Declan would reciprocate JR's sentiments. I thought the new-found competence in our back four, since Wisdom and Bennett became regulars, might restore Ruddy's confidence. But he was the likes of a quivering jelly in the Arsénal match. I suppose it takes a while for a Back 5 to get attuned? Mr. Reliability, Olsson, didn`t help with that awful backpass to JR's dysfunctional left foot. In the current mood of faith in Alex, I`ll concur with el dingo and leave it to The Mekon. That is his job. ITMIT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • In The Mekon I Trust. Like O.T.B. Custard, I suspect Ruddy will get the nod tomorrow. A shame for Rudd, whose best chance of getting a crack at Senior action was stymied by the presence of Bewilderwood`s best buddy Bunn. Poor JR`s star is in the descendancy. Once almost an England No.2, he now finds himself behind Hart, Butland, Forster and Foster (or has young Benjamin "retired" again?). As dingo says; JR isn`t a bad keeper. He`s OK, but his confidence seems at a low ebb. Odd career being a football goalkeeper. Or any other sort of goalkeeper. There`s only a place in the team for one of them! A manager cannot opt for a formation which packs his goal line. Though Clueless Chrissie was, allegedly, toying with a regular hendecagon formation involving 11 goalies. The FA said "No". That said and apropos of nothing, CC is doin' good at Brighton. Statistical factoid: every one of Brighton's 10 wins this season has been by a single goal margin. 8 draws. A bit like his 10 match unbeaten run that saved his first season with us. All 6 wins by a single goal. I bet AN wouldn`t mind a run like that. Let`s have a few clean sheets!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • What must Declan Rudd be thinking seeing someone making a hash of a job and still not getting a PL game himself?

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • `★•¸.`★•¸Hey Ken, Alex Neil has just made a stupid statement too ! He said that a win against Watford on Saturday will be worth more than one against a team destined for midtable. What a fool he is, dear oh dear ! "You need to pick up points off the teams around you. If we can beat Watford, we stop them getting points". He surely is delusional. EVERY point helps ! ┏(‘▀_▀’)ノ♬♪

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • I probably not alone in thinking that a suspension may be a blessing in disguise? I certainly forced AN's hand with RM. INWT

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    baguio

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • Ƥσυη∂ тσ α ρєηηу ѕαуѕ Rυ∂∂у gєтѕ тнє ησ∂ тσмσz ρєєρѕ !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • JimBob - I said that the "you have to play them to find out" comment is valid and I meant it. Switching keepers is high risk but I can assure you I would not be disappointed if Declan was given his chance, as early as tomorrow. I don't train with them all week so have no idea what their respective confidence levels are:-)

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • Not I would suggest a good time for John Ruddy to put his head over the parapet. It is clear he has lost confidence and with this article is putting himself under more pressure. I concur with the comments of Erpingham Tractor. I am afraid to say a change of keeper is long overdue.

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    Mercia Canary

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • Can't keep burying your heads in the sands forever guys. Ruddy has cost us seven points this season already and not actually 'won' us any for a very long time. His kicking is the second worst in the premiership according to stats...something we have know for a long time. Time to sit down John and let someone else have a go, who has been waiting patiently for his chance.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • El Dingo - How do you know if you don't play him? I'm pretty sure it is up to AN and Dean Kiely already. I doubt they are reading these boards for inspiration, but doesn't mean we can't comment on it. Regardless of position, it sends the wrong message to leave under performing players in the team to the rest of the squad, who subsequently give up the fight. Chris Hughton anyone...?

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    JimBob

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • I think the trouble is that no-one knows for sure how Declan would cope in the PL and this season is so important it might not be the one to blood youngsters. The "If you don't play him how will you know" argument is valid but it's one heck of a risk with a keeper. Ruddy is not as bad as some make out, but he certainly has made a few howlers of late and struggles with left foot clearances. Let's leave it up to AN and Dean Kiely please.

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • I'm SO proud to have fans like you supporting my club Ken . . . . perdant pathétique!

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, December 4, 2015

  • “The most important thing is the standards you set at places like Manchester City or Chelsea have to be the same in the other games. Getting a point or two at those places doesn’t keep you in this league, it is the teams in and around us where we have to pick up our points.” What a stupid statement by Ruddy, perhaps he does not understand that EVERY points help to keep you up. RUDD MUST START SOON, NO MORE LOST POINTS BY RUDDY.“ NOW THE WORST KEEPER IN THE PL.

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    canaryken

    Friday, December 4, 2015

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