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