RUDDY: CANARIES ARE SET TO SOAR
NORWICH CITY goalkeeper John Ruddy has called for consistency and wants to use the hectic festive period as a launch-pad for the Canaries’ season.
A midweek success, thanks to Nelson Oliveira’s 62nd-minute strike, against Aston Villa ensured back-toback home victories for Norwich.
And the 30-year-old stopper believes the time is right for the squad to make their move and strengthen their grip on a play-off place.
“I’d agree we’re back on track but we also said that after Brentford,” admitted Ruddy.
“Now, it’s about putting a run together and making sure we take that into the next few games. We’ve got all the ingredients to do that, it’s a case of making it happen.
“We always have open and frank discussions when we do debrief of games. Performances hadn’t been good enough, hence we weren’t picking up results.
“It’s no coincidence that when we outwork teams, the results follow. We have to make sure our standards are at a consistent level.”
And while the successive home victories saw Ruddy keep two clean sheets, the one-cap England man was happy to share the plaudits.
“Clean sheets are nice, although we score as a team and defend as a team,” he said.
“Tuesday was a prime example as I had nothing to do until the last kick of the game.
“When it was needed, I was there for the lads to get a hand onto the shot and turn it on to the post.
“The boys out in front of me, to a man, were outstanding. It shows what we can do when we work hard and stick together.
“If we’re up for it then the crowd are going to get behind us, so it’s down to us to help create that atmosphere.”
HOPE: Keeper John Ruddy