RUDDY: CA­NARIES ARE SET TO SOAR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ran­dall Smith

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

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