Norwich City Fanzone: ‘I was wrong about Declan Rudd’
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When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong, so let me start by eating my words of last week.
I wrote that John Ruddy should have been our goalkeeper of choice, mainly because I believe that a settled team will be more likely to succeed.
However, after Saturday's performance by Declan Rudd, I admit I was wrong.
Declan was Norwich's best player against Everton and pulled off some great saves against Kone and Barry that kept us in the match.
There seems to be an element of repetition in the way we concede goals this season.
A series of errors, losing possession, giving away a corner and a poor clearance by Olsson led up to Everton's goal.
It was only good goalkeeping by Rudd and Lukaku's failure to score a second that we didn't go in at half time at least 3-0 down.
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As I have mentioned before, I really don't like fans booing their team, as I am positive it has a detrimental effect on the players. But I can understand the frustration felt by all around the ground.
There was an air of inevitability after Everton took the lead and at half time, people were expecting the worst.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during Alex Neil's half-time team talk, but whatever he said made an impact on the players.
The old cliché of a 'game of two halves' was never more true than on Saturday.
Norwich looked a totally different team than they did in the first half and seemed to be much more confident. Equalising so early after the break not only lifted the crowd but the players too.
Unlike the first half, they closed Everton down quickly and seemed to be in much more control of midfield, and we should have been 2-1 up by the 60th minute.
I am a big fan of Cameron Jerome but his performance on Saturday was disappointing.
Although he works hard and creates chances, he doesn't take his opportunities to score when they have been offered up on a plate for him.
On my wish list for Christmas would be a striker that combines the best of both Jerome and Grabban.
Gossip has linked us to having an interest Simone Zaza of Juventus, if this move was possible (if he actually wanted to leave a team that's still competing in the Champions League) and I was Alex Neil I would jump at the chance.
He may not be getting regular first-team action at Juventus, but then he has world-class players such as Dybala, Mandžuki? and Morata ahead of him.
On to Man Utd and the first objective should be to keep a clean sheet.
If Bournemouth's results over the last three games has taught us anything, it's that teams in the relegation places can turn their luck around, so I am still optimistic.