Canaries goalkeeper ready for Saints clashJOHN Ruddy wants Norwich City to build on their solid start to the Barclays Premier League season when they travel to Southampton on Sunday (1:30pm).
The Canaries have taken four points from their opening three matches, while their upcoming opponents are yet to win domestically this campaign.
Ruddy is anticipating a stern challenge on the south coast however, and told the media at Colney Training Centre on Thursday afternoon: "Southampton will be another test for us, and it's going to be a tough game.
"We're geared up for it though, and are feeling positive. In the league we've put in three very good performances so far, while we also did well at Rotherham.
"If we keep playing how we are then we're confident we can hold our own against most teams. Since the manager has come in he's brought a real appetite and hunger into the squad.
"We have a group of players determined to prove they belong in this division, myself included. As long as we maintain that attitude then we'll be able to give anyone in the league a game."
City visit St. Mary's looking to extend their unbeaten run away from home to 15 games in all competitions, having not lost on the road since the arrival of manager Alex Neil in early January.
Attempting to explain such impressive form, the 28-year-old goalkeeper added: "It’s probably the way we’re playing where we’re pressing teams high up the pitch.
"I don’t think a lot of teams expect that from a side away from home, which makes it difficult for them. It’s a different style but it’s certainly working for us, and every player knows they've got a specific job to do.
"We always treat the next game as the most important one. That kind of mentality has got us to where we are now, and we’re not going to change that.
"As a player, that's what you need; to be focussed on one game at a time to make sure you're able to give your all."