Moyes' praise for returning shot-stopper Ruddy
PUBLISHED: 09:58 19 December 2011
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Everton boss David Moyes praised City goalkeeper John Ruddy's performance as he helped deny his former club victory on his return to Goodison Park.
Ruddy spent five years at Everton under Moyes but made just one first team appearance for the club, instead going on loan to eight different clubs.
He made four important saves to guarantee a point for the Canaries and Moyes acknowledged: “He’s been great. John’s done really well.
“He needed the games. He did great at Motherwell when he left here. But we’ve got Tim Howard who we regard really highly and it was going to be a long haul for John to get over him. But he’s done really well.”
Going back to one’s old club can inspire or intimidate, depending on the individual.
“I thought he made some really good saves for Norwich today,” said Moyes. “Sometimes it works and other times they don’t handle it that well.”
Everton have scored just eight goals in eight home Premier League games and were rescued by Leon Osman’s 81st-minute leveller.
“We didn’t get the ball in the net but in the first 20 or 25 minutes we played well,” said Moyes.
“I thought our worst period was after they scored, the 15 minutes up to half-time. It took the wind out of our sails. But I don’t think at any time we were getting battered or hammered. It was a very poor goal we lost and it meant another mountain to climb and for long periods it looked as if we wouldn’t even get a point out of the game, so thankfully we got a point. We deserved three but got a point.”
The introduction of Argentine forward Denis Stracqualursi and Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe as second-half substitutes gave Everton fresh ideas.
“I thought Denis made a difference when he came on. He gave us real impetus, gave us something else. Roy came on and added to it as well,” said Moyes.
“I thought Leon Osman was the best player for us all day and deserved a goal.
“You’ve been telling me the last couple of games we’ve had no shots on goal. I think today we’ve had 15 and they’ve had one. I don’t know if you’re going to write about that or say about it.”