John Ruddy hits back at Norwich City critics

John Ruddy has delivered a brutal assessment of his Norwich City form. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Fo

John Ruddy has delivered a brutal assessment of his Norwich City form. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy aims to prove his critics wrong by showing he is still one of the best in the Premier League.

Ruddy has offered a brutally frank assessment of his own form after a number of costly errors.

'If I was to come out of the team I'm sure there would be quite a few people happy with that,' he said. 'After the Manchester City game, and the mistake for the second goal, of course you question whether you will stay in the team. I had a couple of conversations with the gaffer and he was brilliant with me. Any criticism that is aimed at me has not already gone through my own mind. I am always negative on myself and that is what drives me on to be a better keeper. I know on the pitch when I have made a mistake. With social media and forums people can spout their opinions, but I have yet to have anyone come up to my face and tell me I am rubbish.

'I have not been terrible all season, but this is my sixth year here at the club and they bought me for £250,000 so I feel I have proved value for money over the years.

'I have been in this game 11 years as a professional. It is not the first time I have been criticised and probably won't be the last. I think I am mentally strong enough to take the rough with the smooth. I can go home, I have a wife and two children and there is nothing better than going home and switching off and playing with the children.'

Ruddy has tapped into goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely's vast experience to get through a difficult period in his career.

'I analyse my game more than people probably realise,' he said. 'I am in on a Monday morning and sit down with Dean Kiely and we go through my clips and say what I did well and what I could have improved on. He has played over 700 league games, so he more than experienced enough.'

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