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Norwich City must cash in before daunting Premier League finale, says John Ruddy

PUBLISHED: 10:46 02 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:46 02 March 2014

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is in confident mood ahead of the Premier League run-in. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is in confident mood ahead of the Premier League run-in. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City keeper John Ruddy insists the Canaries know they have to produce with their Premier League futures on the line ahead of Sunday’s televised trip to Aston Villa.

City head to Villa Park buoyed by a 1-0 win over Tottenham and a battling goalless draw against Manchester City during a spell of improved form to move them four points clear of the current bottom three. Ruddy accepts there can no let up now, particularly with what looks a testing final four fixtures against many of the title challengers and European contenders.

“Tottenham was a huge win because it was unexpected but the way we played fully warranted the three points, but it was quickly reset and move onto the next game,” he said. “I think there was a realisation of the situation we were in and then looking at the last four fixtures we’ve got - we don’t really want to be going into those games needing points. The other factor is knowing we’ve got it all in our own hands. We’ve got teams around us to play in the next month or so and it’s something we need to take advantage of.

“It’s been a collective effort as a group of players and the management - we are too good to be in this situation. We’ve got a lot of quality. It’s coming to terms with how good we can be as a group and pull in the same direction. It’s shown in our last few performances. The results perhaps haven’t gone with us or reflected how well we’’ve played in certain games but we’re confident we can maintain that sort of standard and be fine come the end of the season.”

Ruddy, speaking earlier this week at the launch of EA Sports new Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare video game, has been impressive during City’s recent run with his tenth clean sheet coming in the shut-out against Tottenham.

“I love keeping clean sheets so that’s an important stepping stone for us to maintain that momentum so hopefully we will carry that on to away games as well,” he said. “If we keep it solid at the back hopefully we can nick a goal with the quality we have up front and win some games.”

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  • So its the managers fault that everyone has been saying we must get the points before those games. What about his shoe laces? Are they the right colour for you COYY

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    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Will you be Hero or Zero come the hour I feel this is your moment for the out come of the season..????????????????????????????????????????????

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    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Ruddy's remarks again exemplify a spirit of negativity, low-confidence, and low-expectation at this club. This must come from Hughton. Why are we so afraid of the last four fixtures? We drew with Man C and beat Spurs. That's four points from two games - way better than our season average.

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    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • For a few glorious minutes you could have been right, Dubai. (ref Wes`s Winner). Then reality kicked in. RvW was injured again - makes you realise how robust James Vaughan was. Damned nuisance, that reality stuff. At least Wes gave us a brief glimpse of happier times, alas long past. PS: Can you send me another consignment of Yabba Abu Dubai Dhabi Elixir? I only had enough to get me thro` 25 minutes of that Villa game, then the effects wore off. You`re not diluting it, are you.... keeping the good stuff all to yourself? Do you and Ghana Dom share a taste for it? It`s all that OTBC!! IHIT!!! stuff that gives it away.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Like I say, time for RVW to come good with 2 or 3 goals today - and how good would it be to see Wes chip in with the winner ! Agree with Finn.Blue - a win today sets us perfectly for the run in - OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

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