Ruddy delighted with clean sheet and win on returnJOHN RUDDY said it was a ‘fantastic feeling’ to cap his return off with a stylish victory after the Canaries’ 4-0 triumph over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.
City’s England international goalkeeper has been out of action with a thigh injury but kept a clean sheet in his first start since November.
The 26-year-old thought the performances of his team-mates merited the win and the resultant confirmation of Premier League football for next season.
“Just to be back in was a fantastic feeling, but to top it off with a victory and a clean sheet was even better,” he said when speaking to the press after the final whistle.
“We started well and got the goal, but I felt we needed one more to sort of kill them off in the first-half, but it didn’t come. We came out in the second half, we were patient and disciplined again and we got some fantastic goals.
“There was an element of freedom about our play that probably hasn’t been seen in the last few weeks. We dealt with it all and put in a good shift.”
Ruddy has been back in full training for over a month and played three games for Scott Marshall’s Development Squad, and even though he admits to being slightly frustrated, he says the long rehabilitation period was nothing out of the ordinary.
“It was always going to be the case. I had to have that four/five week period of getting back into training and into the rhythm of things,” he added.
“I would have liked to have played earlier but Bunny did a very good job.
“That’s the longest I’ve been out – five months is a long time in anyone’s season. It is tough to come back after that, but thankfully I got through the game without feeling anything so it’s onwards and upwards from here.”
He did have some sympathy for opposite number Ben Foster, whose mistake led to the Canaries’ second goal through Grant Holt.
“I felt sorry for Ben. I think the pitch was holding up quite a bit once the water dried out, so he got himself into a position where he’s got mixed up with the defender,” said Ruddy.
“He made a great save from Pilks (Anthony Pilkington) at 3-0 though, so he showed his quality. He’s a top quality goalkeeper.”