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Norwich City keeper John Ruddy must expect criticism for Reading match-winner

07:00 01 December 2014

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is caught out for Reading

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is caught out for Reading's second in the 2-1 Championship defeat. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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John Ruddy must take any criticism coming his way insists Neil Adams after the Norwich keeper’s error for Reading’s second goal.

Ruddy failed to cut out Jordan Obita’s cross despatched by the unmarked Jake Cooper to seal the Royals’ victory.

The 28-year-old then survived a later scare when he spilled Oliver Norwood’s long range strike but claimed the ball perilously close to his goal line.

Ruddy engaged in a frank Twitter debate with City fans after the game questioning his recent displays behind a brittle backline, and Adams admits that comes with the territory.

“John has held his hands up for the second one. He should have done better with it,” said Adams. “The first one I will have to look again but it looks like bad marking. The second he comes and misses it and it’s a goal, it’s a mistake, he has to accept that and he has done. If he gets criticised for it that is the game.

“I wouldn’t say he is the only one who looks like he is lacking a bit of confidence. I think we are all. You can see that, you can sense it. We are waiting for a win to kick start things again because the Bolton one seems a long time ago. It wasn’t but it feels like that. You can feel the confidence and the spirit has to come back quickly. The players haven’t changed but we aren’t performing as a team in the manner we did at the start of the season.”

City had a penalty appeal rejected in the closing stages when Lewis Grabban’s miscued header struck Reading’s Michael Hector but Adams was not offering any easy excuses.

“I think it was a penalty kick. I think everybody saw the ball hit his hand and those are the type of things that probably would have got us a point,” said Adams. “You don’t want to be relying on a hand ball claim. I am not going to put this defeat down to that. We have to look beyond that.

“If we aren’t getting a penalty decision in the closing stages of the game you hope you are two or three goals up and it doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t use that as an excuse.

“You see the chance Josh (Murphy) had and that is symptomatic of our luck. It was a good move and he probably tried too hard to get a good contact when you just needed to guide it because the pace was on the cross or the cut-back.”

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22 comments

  • On thing NCFC has always had is a tradition of great goalkeepers - going all the way back to the 50s, so expectations are extremely high of anyone standing between the posts at Carrow Road.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • It's never straight forward being an NCFC supporter but through the last couple of seasons if not longer it's becoming all to predictable. Gone are the days of City legends such as Goss, Gunn and Fleck to name but a few. Maybe as supporters of a once top club that could more than hold its own in the top flight of English football we should now get used to life as a medioca club content to languish in the Championship.

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    Danny Boy

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • I should add that despite agreeing that JR has been dreadful this season the first goal was not his fault. Was it Howson who wasn't guarding the post as he should have been. School boy mistake and unforgiveable IMO. What is NA supposed to do when professional football players carry out such basic tasks?

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    baguio

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • @nmtd, Josh didn't miss any sitter on 92 minutes so what are you going on about? A chance yes but certainly not a sitter. However I do note that our penalty appeal was the result of 'Lewis Grabban's miscued header'. Why is that clown still wearing a NCFC shirt week in and week out despite constantly being rated the worst player on this site by NCFC supporters and missing chance after chance? An embarrassment to our club and a major reason why we've gone so long without a win! Take a hike Lewis Grabban. You are one of the worst players ever to pull on a Norwich shirt without a doubt. Surely Phelan with see this by watching some of the low lights of our season and the genuine sitters that he has missed including two penalties and a two yard tap in! OTBC

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    baguio

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • If adams is still in charge come saturday how different will the team look.I suggest no different at all!Would hope that turner is nowhere near it.Poor excuse of a footballer have said so all along.His body language after conceding is appalling! Then again, that applies to all the team.No leaders anywhere.Surely that should have been addressed pre-season.Really think that they all thought,from Mcnally,board,adams to players,that this league was going to be a romp! Now they realise its not its all a bit to late and nobody knows how to stop the freefall. What a mess!!!

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    Manning's bandy legs

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Tonyb, you always make very good points and my earlier comments were not saying Ruddy was perfect by any means, yes he did misjudge to cross but I still think the defender tasked with marking Cooper should still have been doing his job. I presume that was Turner as he was trying to pick him up for the first goal but likewise failed. He was caught at least three yards from his man for the second so should accept his share of the blame. I do accept that no player ever get everything right 100% of the time, Ruddy has conceded far too many goals during the last four games and given his outburst probably should be dropped for the next game, is NA up to that task though or are some players undroppable because they are considered big players.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • How can anyone say it wasn't Ruddy's fault for their second goal,he came for the ball,flapped and missed,his fault entirely.Also whitaker is too slow to be a full back,he got found out in the prem, v England and now in the champ.ive said on here before that Hall-Johnson should be given a chance at RB or lil benno before he was surprisingly sent to brighton!

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    tonyb

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Ruddy wasn't to blame for the goals. Pathetic marking of the big Reading lad who scored was the reason for the goals.

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    Parsnip

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Parked 8 have to agree with you, no two people will have the same opinion but I think overall no one was happy with the performance nor result. It is a worry when the supporters can see problems and faults and comment yet be ignored, the sensible ones should at least be considered and evaluated. We're not idiots and only have the clubs' best interests at heart, as it was said before nobody sees the same game, yet we all see the problems. To be fair Brew there is only one PL and we cannot expect NA to be his clone though he might be advised to try a little bit, cos they were the best three years for a while.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Sharky, things change. Like many players at Norwich, Whittaker has gone backwards. Strachan eulogises him, but he is an accident waiting to happen for us. He is L1 standard, aka Scottish Premiership survival level. I really don`t know what `lol` means, and I`m fairly sure I don`t want to. I stick with my earlier comments. Though things can change if things happen to change things. onihhe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • …..What does Ruddy expect for his performances of late...Excultation?...Praise for keeping the goals against down to 2?....IMO he has gone off the boil!...has been for most of the season!....Blames everyone else except himself!.... Big touch of the sulks!.....Needs a manager strong enough to take him away from the action....it's having a bad influence on the others!.... RUDD could do no worse between the sticks!.....Gibbo your comment about pulling everyone back for a corner agrees with my outlook on that situation!....If Redmond was on the halfway line on the right, and someone else positioned on the left, it would automatically take 3 defenders to cover a possible breakaway....We would still have 9 defenders against 7 for the kick, and even give our goalkeeper a better chance of punching or catching the ball!....I thought that was something even an in-experienced management team could see!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Sharky, I agree that when Whittaker first joined us last season, I considered he was playing better than Martin at right back but like many players, of late he has hit a spell of bad form and hence in my own view moved down the pecking order. That is football and always has been. As I stated before, I sit toward the river end of the ground so had to wait until I watched a tv replay of the goals to assess Turner's part in both. When I played centre back, even if the keeper shouted, I would still do my allotted task just in case he failed to make contact with the ball. Turner was simply not picking up his man, had he put his body in the way he would have at least blocked any potential strike at goal. A prime example of this type of defending is to watch Terry for Chelsea, he always close marks and makes it very difficult for strikers to get a free hit at goal.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • How do we expect Ruddy's form to improve after Dave Watson was lurred to Southampton and Tony Parkes arrived at NCFC to take up the same role? I wonder if he's actually helped JR at all?

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • TK & Parked 8 both very good posts and hit nails on heads long term fans deserve better. Waiting to see if MP makes any difference because it is often noticeable when a new face with credentials arrives that improvements occur.

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    goldie

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • The one thing i like about football is that everyone has there own opinion on a game and that everyone has there own way of making there opinions heard. you may or may not think how some fans acted at the end of the match was right but personal i think if they are frustrated they have the right to show it. Its does cost a lot to go to these games and when you take into account how much these people pay year on year it is only fair. John Ruddy has gone down in my books after his twitter comments, i earn a lot less than he does each week but if i reacted like that to one of my customers i would get in a lot of trouble. Its part of the job you can't just enjoy the good times and ignore the bad times, saying he is loyal for being with us for 5 years is nothing compared to how long some supporters have been at the club and saying its only been a couple of bad matches show were some of the problem is. If the players think its only been a issue for the last couple matches and not the last 10 then we are in a lot of trouble.

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    parked8

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Ruddy along with Redmond will be gone this coming Jan.... both want away.

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    john dab

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • What I don't understand is why we call everyone back to defend a corner, surely this means that the opposition can send at least 7 or 8 players in and around our goal causing mayhem. Why not leave two of our fastest players on or about the halfway line causing the opponents to retain 3 or 4 to mark them, then there would be fewer bodies in the area making it easier to mark them and hopefully clear the danger. I agree NMTD how can anyone call themselves a supporter then boo and harangue their team. Surely we've seen it all before,we may be down at the moment but who knows tomorrow is another day,as Monty P says " Always look on the bright side" and it is only a game.

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    Gibbo

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Brew I think you have forgotten that TK thought Whittaker was our best right back. lol. Also Turner didnt go for the ball for the second goal because Ruddy shouted "keeper".

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    sharky

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • nmtd....Couldn't agree more. We're going through a bad run that's obvious, but some fans are beginning to behave like spoilt children when they really need to do the opposite and get behind the team. They may not like McNally, and they may want NA removed, but to alienate themselves from the players will only make matters worse.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • TrevorK; you have been consistent in your comments on City`s defensive set up. IMHO you have been consistently correct, too. But, after seemingly putting this right, Adams reverted to the failed formula after just one game. He signed 3 CBs this season, but sees fit to select a full-back at CB. In itself, that`s not too bad (though bad enough), but it means we have use Whittaker at RB. He does not seem to be a very good RB. Martin is a half-decent RB and the best one we have. That tells a tale in itself; a promotion-aspirational team has a half-decent RB as 1st choice, and a dreadful one as 2nd choice. Is Adams making the same craven mistake with Cafu that Hughton made with Robert? Yielding to a player`s personal ambitions to the disadvantage of the team? Not to mention the ruination of his own fledgling career. Hopefully, Ryan Bennett will be back soon; he`s a better RB than Whittaker, and a better CB than Martin and Turner. So will Adams select accordingly? What do you reckon? Has Adams trumped Hughton`s Benchio Syndrome with 3 (THREE) bench-warming CBs?? Actually, it trumps Clueless Chrissie`s obsession with collecting naif goalies too (while encouraging a promising one to leave). As it stands, NA is more a Hoot than a Lambo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • You make a very good point NMTD but I fear it is more a case of the continuing bad run that is winding many fans up. I personally never see the point in booing at the end of games and have sympathy for Ruddy, especially when I watched a slow motion rerun of both goals yesterday. It was clearly Turner's roll to man mark Cooper, he failed to get off the ground for the first and was marking space for the second. Ruddy does appear off his best form right now but having poor defenders in front of him does not help, nor does keep switching them around. Martin is our best right back at this moment in time, Turner plays better to the right of CB so keep them there and use on of the other proper centre backs to the left. I fear the publication of McNally's over inflated salary and bonus for failure has not helped his cause either.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Josh missed a sitter on 92 minutes ........... oh how that could have changed things. Lucky it was Josh and nobody else, imagine the treatment if that was Grabban. Perhaps the pack of animals berating McNally wouldn't have happened either. I'm ashamed so called fans took such ignorant action. Get some perspective. It's football. No one died ............

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, December 1, 2014

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