Video: Neil Adams hails John Ruddy’s character in Norwich City’s 1-0 Wigan win
17:57 06 December 2014
©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222
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.