Turn up the volume again is John Ruddy’s plea to Norwich City fans

John Ruddy has twice won promotion from the Championship with Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chestert

John Ruddy has twice won promotion from the Championship with Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

John Ruddy wants Norwich City's support to bring the noise again at Carrow Road - even if there is one downside for the Canaries' number one.

The 30-year-old revealed on the eve of Huddersfield's Friday night visit he struggled to make his voice heard in a pulsating finish to Tuesday's tense 1-0 Championship win against Aston Villa.

'I did notice the atmosphere and the volume in the second-half but it makes my job harder because the defenders in front of me can't quite here me properly,' he said. 'I am trying to get my instructions out, but it was great to hear. We have said it before, the crowd responds to how we play and if we show we are up for it and getting in and amongst the opposition the crowd will get behind us and it is then maintaining that atmosphere.

'We said after the Brentford win we were back on track and look what happened. It is now about putting a run together and making sure we take what we did against Brentford, Villa and the second-half at Barnsley into a proper run. We have all the ingredients. It is just about making it happen.'

Ruddy was part of a City backline which kept a second consecutive clean sheet on home turf. City's defence has come in for plenty of criticism during the lowest points of the season, and the Norwich stopper insists a series of shut-outs is the perfect response.


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'Clean sheets are nice. For a keeper it is no different I am sure to the feeling Nelson (Oliveira) gets when he is scoring goals,' he said. 'You defend and attack as a team for me. We have kept two in three, now we want three in four. I had nothing to do until the last kick of the game when I got a touch on a shot to turn it onto the post. The lads in front of me were outstanding, particularly Youssouf (Mulumbu) and Dozzer (Graham Dorrans). It shows what we can do when we stick together.

'I am comfortable with any centre-back pairing we go with, and the same with the lads in the full-back areas. I know what I am getting with Ryan (Bennett) and Seb (Bassong). I think Seb has had a rough time and I don't get it. He is a very good defender and I enjoy playing behind him. Likewise with Benno. He is a youngish lad with an old head on his shoulders. He wants to defend properly, to stick your head or your foot on it, and that is almost what we have done in terms of going back to basics. The more the ball is in their half the less chance they have score. That has to be the mentality we go into games, putting the opposition on the back foot rather than shooting ourselves in the foot.'

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