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Video: Neil Adams hails John Ruddy’s character in Norwich City’s 1-0 Wigan win

17:57 06 December 2014

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Norwich City's players celebrate Jonny Howson's match-winner in a 1-0 Championship victory at Wigan. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City boss Neil Adams singled out John Ruddy for special praise after the Canaries’ vital 1-0 Championship win at Wigan.

Jonny Howson’s fifth minute strike inflicted a second defeat on Malky Mackay in three matches since taking over at the Latics and ended a miserable run for his former club by securing only a second win in the last 11 league games.

City moved up to eighth, two points out of the play-offs, following their victory at the DW Stadium with Ruddy justifying his selection after recent costly errors.

The Norwich number one made a key triple save in the second period to keep only a third clean sheet in the last 13 games to secure a desperately needed win for the Canaries.

“It wasn’t a classic game for sure but we came here with a game plan and a set-up of how we could win the game. We felt we needed a win and the manner we went about it I was delighted,” said Adams. “For once we didn’t make any costly individual errors that have hurts us for the recent games. It’s a bit of a cliché but it was a solid, strong performance.

“I did speak to John and we have all come in for flak in recent weeks, and rightly so, and John by his own admission has not been at his best. I just had a chat with him in the week. I told him, ‘I know what a good keeper you are, just get back to your best and give me a clean sheet on Saturday,’ and he probably made one mistake when he spilled the ball and it was cleared but other than that he looked confident and strong and you wouldn’t have expected that after the results that went against us. He stepped up to the plate in the same manner the whole team did.”

Striker Lewis Grabban was left out after suffering a groin injury in training on Thursday but Adams confirmed afterwards initial fears of a longer term lay-off appear to have been allayed although the frontman will continue to be assessed by City’s medical staff over the coming days.

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14 comments

  • Half-Time entertainment on Saturday is a new comedy duo; `Hail & Praise`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 8, 2014

  • Yes, hadleigh. We can't get carried away by the win yesterday, although it was much needed. I don't think we have played two good halves all season and still appear unable to sustain any kind of momentum, which remains worrying.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • watched the whole game on computer, we were so good for 10 minutes, got the goal, kept the ball so well, passing was crisp and direct, then it all went to pot,,giving the ball away,long aimless balls,Ruddy long kicking every ball, not a good pass to our front 2, so we take off the strikers and bring 2 more on, where is the link gone, hope Wes is fit for the next game.

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    hadleigh canary

    Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • Canarysmithy's report helps to put some perspective on the words from the vested interests. I was very supportive of Ollson but he does seem to have struggled since his unfortunate loss at the start of the season and has often been out of position when we give away cheap goals of late. Getting a win was vital, however it came, hopefully we can start building from here, but we have had false dawns before.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • Good result but as others have said next week will bring a more intense challenge. I just hope Quellar, having played well yesterday and against Forest, doesn't get dropped again for Turner. Turner has been played on the wrong side of central defence but that doesn't excuse his poor overall defensive play. He failed to challenge at all for at least one of the goals against Reading, letting a 19 year old get in an undefended header. Whittaker remains a poor and slow full back and for some reason Ollson can't get his game together. We'd be better off pushing him into wide midfield and brining in Garrido who for me has played far better when he's had the chance. Finally good to see our tempo increase. But we are still unbalanced and Adams still hasn't got the right blend. I just have the feeling the inevitable will happen next week - Grant Holt will score against us! How we could do with a leader like him on the pitch?

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, December 7, 2014

  • I always appreciate a "man at the match report", thanks for that 'canarysmithy''.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • I only listened to the game on the radio and know it is difficult to really judge individual performances as a result. Three points today are very welcome but next weeks game at home will be the real test. It did not sound as though Wigan attacked down their left flank much at all and they seemed to concentrate on our stronger side of defence. I still think Martin should be played at right back, and although I posted after the defeat last week that I considered Turner to be at fault for both goals, I still think he is ok at this level when played as the right sided centre back. I wonder if Bennett will be considered next week or with Adams stick with a winning team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Went to the game today, and I agree with many of the above comments. When the team was announced my initial reaction was "oh god, not again" !! However, we started really well and got the ball down and played with fluency and a high tempo. Scored, and kept going for another 20 mins. Then we took our foot of the gas, and the game started to slow down and we became disjointed and the long over hit ball came into play. Second half was much of the same and as Adams says- it wasn't a classic. But we have 3 points away from home, and we kept a clean sheet. Adams is right- defended better and cut out errors. Whittaker was better- not good enough in my opinion, Cuellar, I thought played well, and is currently a safer bet than Turner at the moment. Adams praised O'Neill, but I thought it wasn't his best performance. He gave the ball away to cheaply at times. Both forwards came off before 70 mins. I would have preferred to see 2 wingers come on- Murphy did but went up front. When Lafferty came on we went 4-5-1 so was never really going to create chances. Murphy did well then, and went on the left attacking the full back. I wanted to see Redmond and Murphy doing this after 70 to be honest. Wigan were poor, and Malky has a big job on there. I believe we could have scored more with 2 out and out, pacey wingers. However, 3 points is 3 points and we need to build on it for next week against Huddersfield. We points there, will put us in good stead for Derby away. I watch them train weekly, and they are a good, good side. We need something there or we will be 11 points behind at Xmas- that's a big gap. Keep the faith everyone, and let us see if Adams, Holt and Phelan can build on today. OTBC !!!

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    canarysmithy

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Fair enough.... two wins in eleven ain't bad. By the way, good to see Chris Martin get a brace today. Working wonders at Derby. Ironic, moi.

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    wallybrain

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • A win away from home is always a good result especially when the opposition has a new manager, and to defend the lead from the opening period to the final whistle is something we haven't managed for a long time. IMFIT :-)

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    cutty

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • NA is right to hail Ruddy... not only did he make a fantastic triple save, but he also saved his gaffer's job! For the time being at least. Never have I felt so disgruntled at coming away with three points from an away fixture. Am I the only one who feels like this?

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    wallybrain

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Pretty solid today. Came under pressure in second half but never really looked like losing. Thought Cuellar played well, prefer him to Turner, who is always shirt-pulling and likely to give away a penalty.

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    manc exile

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • If Carlos Cuellar was excellent against Forest as Adams suggested, why did he leave him out against Reading? Bizarre team selections have frustrated the fans and contributed to the discontent that currently surrounds the club.

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    Newmarket Canary

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • a win was needed over a performance not pretty but we won...... and im chuffed for ruddy think he is a top keeper and at last had a back four that played properly in front of him today

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Saturday, December 6, 2014

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