John Ruddy praises team-mates, while James Milner laments Norwich City’s pitch

James Milner is late into a tackle on Leroy Fer - and that was far from the only time for the Manchester City midfielder at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images James Milner is late into a tackle on Leroy Fer - and that was far from the only time for the Manchester City midfielder at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, February 9, 2014
12:54 PM

Having picked the ball out of the back of his net seven times when Norwich City endured the Etihad in November, John Ruddy was understandably delighted at avoiding the task even once on Saturday.

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But the Canaries’ number one would have been surprised at having to deal with just two shots on target from a side that already more than 100 goals in all competitions this season. Time time around, Ruddy could benefit from a superb team performance.

“I have to give credit to the lads in front of me, that was a very disciplined performance and one that we knew we had to produce,” said Ruddy. “We saw what they were like at their place so it’s a massive point, but more importantly that’s the standard we have to set ourselves between now and the summer.

“The game in November wasn’t really mentioned. We were all disappointed on that day, no one more than myself.

“But that discipline and the heart we showed right to the end there will see us through.

“I didn’t really have that many saves to make today and the lads in front of me defended absolutely magnificently. We came in here with a game plan and it’s worked.

“We might have nicked it – not just at the end. We had a few good chances in the first half. But we’ll take a point. We’re not going to grumble.”

Having failed to score in successive games, the question marks are being placed over Manchester City’s Premier League title challenge.

James Milner added: “They had a late chance but when you’ve got that much possession, it’s disappointing not to get a goal,” he said.

“We’ve got a clean sheet though and we’ve got to look forward. Maybe at the start of the season, that’s a game where we could’ve lost.

“To be honest I think the pitch was more difficult than the wind – it was quite bobbly, so you just needed that extra touch.

“That created a bit of a problem but it’s the same for both teams.”

37 comments

  • 'NorthCarolinaCanary' a couple of things, I totally understand where you're coming from re. re-reading your posts and not picking up on any shortfalls, happens to me all the time, and re. temperatures, I fully respect North America using Fahrenheit, eg. Hot... In the nineties , freezing in the twenties.. The world world ( apart from us) use centigrade eg. Freezing below zero ie. -4. and hot, in the 30's. Now us, God bless our souls, we are the only country in the world that uses Fahrenheit for hot, ( oh it's in the 80's) and centigrade for cold ( oh it's below zero and minus 3). How crazy is that, two different scales for the same thing. Sorry to go off on one but it's one of my pet hates. Back to footie, hopefully we will play with gay abandon on Tuesday and burst a few bubbles. OTHC

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Please is pardon me omission of words in the last comment. It's my Achilles' heel when it comes to writing and typing. My brain moves faster than my hands. Even when I proofread the comment I can't fill in the blanks, Hopefully you all can fit in the words and get the jist of what I'm trying to say.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Both Milner & Toure should have been red carded-----dirty so & so's

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    superfan59

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Don't worry North Carolina, we're used to doing it for the manager as recompense for his neurological deficit. Funny, I swear that just before his last interview, I heard him humming, 'I'm going to Carolina in my mind.' What's the weather like where you are by the way? We're all singing Randy Newman's Louisianna 1927. 'They're trying to wash us away.'etc.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • No offence meant Brew. Yes it is an anagram and thank for the wine tip. Tip as in suggestion not how you drink it.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Have fun at the game, Bill Punton. I hope the boys give you something to cheer about. I'll be sure to steer clear of Suffolk, and I'll make sure I head to Norfolk the next time I head back north. You have me interested in checking out their botanical gardens.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Time for your medication and a nap Brew.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Bill Punton, the weather has been pretty good. It's been in the fifties degrees Fahrenheit for the last few days. We had some snow a few weeks back, but we'll take that over the nasty ice storms that can roll in. Here's hoping you have a little sun to shine on you and warm your winter the way a good Canaries' run would do.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Wine, waclor?? Birra Moretti is an Italian beer(birra). Is that an anagram of a name? Wraclo? Seems a bit Czech. Or Carlow. Just surmising. Too little time left, too little to usefully do with it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • What a pathetic comment Milner. You are supposed to be a top pro. If you cannot find a better excuse for your game you need to look elsewhere. You should have been red carded for your two awful tackles, then you could have spent more time thinking up pathetic excuses. Have a chat to that Chelsea chappie.

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    willb

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • I too wondered why Milner wa allowed to stay on the pitch after two dreadful challenges whereas poor RVW was booked for his first challenge of the day. Likewise, in the second half their right back took one of our players out, the Ref clearly called to him to approach for at least a talking to, but he simply ignored the gesture, turned his back on the ref and got off scott free. It really does seem there is one rule for top 4 side and another for the rest of the clubs.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Thinking about it Snodgrass would make a great impact sub.... coming on with 20 minutes to go, full of energy running against a tiring defence.. could easily win us the odd penalty and freekick further up the field.

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    jops

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Poor James Milner. Did the most over paid sub in the league have an issue with our pitch? My response to him is stop making excuses, nobody else has had an issue coming to NCFC and winning or getting a result. Take a look at yourself chap.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Hoof The Hoot (and Milner). (and that awful ref).

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Good result but given our inability to string two decent performances together I fear for the result at West Ham. Also with Snodgrass back we will again look disjointed.

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    andys

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Ok North Carolina, I'll be at Upton Park on tuesday night, and the forecast for Barking is five degrees, though unusually, without rain. I expect you'll be heading off to Norfolk's botanical gardens to bask in tropical paradise. Just make sure you avoid Suffolk though, you don't want to jinx the result

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Btw, that Queen song would never have worked with Centigrade. Should we use a Freddy Mercury thermometer, or an alcohol-filled one? BWise, I reckon Lucky Benchio will get a game when Hell freezes over.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Milner blames the pitch! Oh dear, how pathetic. He was lucky to be on it for 90 minutes! Rudy's spot on with his comments although he too made a key save or two and he had Negredo's header covered. A great team effort.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • And most Norwich fans were relieved whenever Milner (and not one of Man City's other player's) had the ball outside of Norwich's penalty area.

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    NYC-Canary

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Strange comments about the pitch when R5 complimented it and I haven't heard anyone else complain about it.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • I think everyone agrees the team looked balanced, so to make changes, except for injury, would be unjust. If Hooper is injured, please play Becchio. In the few minutes we have seen him this season he looks to offer more than RVW and Elmander as a striker. Did I hear at the end on TV Fer was man of the match? I thought Olsson would have got that accolade?

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Nice that Ruddy and the players are lifted by the outcome. Last 6 games current form has us 14th with 3 clean sheets and a point a game average. Maintain the ppg average and we end up on 38. Enough? Re Hughtons future, does the board hang on and see if we hit bottom three? (The McNally brief). That could happen mid week but we have to lose and West Brom and Sunderland take points off Chelsea and Man City. For me this bottom 3 brief is too rigid. If you think the guy is not up to the job why wait for things to worsen. Sack him or back him.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Don`t be like that, waclor. It hurts - you are my hero. :-( Incidentally, your posting name is interesting. Is it an anagram or some other word puzzle? Medication coming up - a refreshing bottle of Birra Moretti. (4 big bottles for sick squid in Stressco`s).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Milner blames the pitch! Oh dear, how pathetic. He was lucky to be on it for 90 minutes! Rudy's spot on with his comments although he too made a key save or two and he had Negredo's header covered. A great team effort.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Two shots on target and twenty blocked efforts, it seemed. We got behind the ball magnificently. It led to a lot of corners but they were all defended well. There's no reason we can't keep a clean sheet next week as long as mimic the last performance, and if we keep a close eye on Nolan, and the crosses that come into Cole. Nolan is in his classic goal poaching form and must be tracked well by the likes of Johnson and company. Tettey also seems to be in top form and that makes a huge difference for the team. Fer had a good game and I wonder if he or Howson will be battling for that attacking midfielder position when Howson comes back fit. Howson provides a good attacking threat but Fer controls the middle of pitch better. It seems Fer isn't quite as good at defending in his own end as he is battling for the ball against other midfielders, and he's not as good as Tettey and Johnson when it comes to protecting the back four. I wonder if Hughton will become enamored with playing one up top, or if that is just going to his strategy against top teams and road games.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Wettest six weeks in yonks and he blames our pitch? ?? Why did he stay on the pitch? What a male chicken.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Re the ref comments - I think Michael Bailey's phrase "star struck ref" summed up Mr Moss's performance nicely yesterday. On the Toure kick at RVW, a lot of discussion on NBC today between the Tottenham and Man U games - showed it many times, and Toure knew he had made a mistake as immediately after he kicked out, he threw his hand up to his head in a stupid me gesture. The panel on NBC thought the FA needed to act on this whether the ref saw it or not (as they can now do), otherwise they will be open to a lot of bias criticism vs recent other sending offs. Lets wait and see. Hopefully Mr Moss gets sanctioned for this and the Milner let offs, but I doubt it.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Milner hated the pitch so much he tried REALLY hard to get off it. He only had to stay on because that nasty referee wouldn't let him go off early. I think the referee was the only person in the stadium who thought Milner should still be on!

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Yes, one of those refs....I'm reffing a top 4 match where every player in the top 4 team cost over £30 million, therefore every decision goes their way. Incredible that Milner wasn't booked in the first half and sent off for a 2nd yellow in the second.

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    pablo

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Lobbo, you use two different scales for temperature over there? That is wacky. Thanks for the empathy and the informative pet-hate info..

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • First time I have ever heard any one complain about the Carrow Road Pitch, very poor excuse by Milner.

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    goldie

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • So THAT'S how to do it. Wait til Archie has turned out the lights and gone to bed........THEN hit "Send".

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    User Removed

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Some somewhat dubious decisions (or lack of them) made by the referee. Certainly one of the least competent we've seen this season at CR. As for Milners comments.....Pathetic!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • 0! (or 32), that was mostly meant for Lobbo. What d`you think Lobbo? Do you think it clarifies the issue? I wonder when E. Bennett will be back - perhaps he`s waiting for warmer weather, ie above 68 deg F, or 20 degC, or 293 deg Centikelvin (which I think might be 527 Fahrenkelvin). I`m warming to this task, though it probably leaves most folk cold. BTW - chances are I`ve got all the conversions wrong! Maybe we should ask David Freezer ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • We could have a hybrid temperature scale NorthCarolinaCanary; `Centiheit` or `Fahrengrade`. It works on Centigrade below 32F then changes to Fahrenheit above 20C. I think we may need to come to a concelsius on this. That guy Kelvin confuses the issue even more by insisting that Zero Kelvin is -273 deg Centigrade when it should be -459 deg Fahrenheit. (I think\approx!). Trouble is everything stops at that temperature, certainly my arithmetic synapse is struggling.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Only 5 degrees, BP ? I'm hotter than that. Ask the missus. Tried to reply to your kind invitation three times, but foiled at each attempt by you know who. Enjoy the game, anyway. Same line up as Saturday for me except Becchio replacing RVW if Hoops not fit. However, I suspect Hughton will revert to type and you're more likely to witness flying pigs than burst bubbles.

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    User Removed

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Sorry, I seem to be repeating myself!

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

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