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JOHN RUDDY: OUR BIGGEST TEST YET

23 February 2015

City goalkeeper aiming to continue winning run

JOHN Ruddy believes Norwich City's meeting with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Tuesday night (7:45pm) represents the most pivotal game of their season so far.

With 14 matches of the regular campaign remaining, the Canaries have rallied following the arrival of manager Alex Neil to move within four points of the automatic promotion positions.

However, Ruddy insists attention is fixed firmly on the task in hand, and told the media at Colney Training Centre on Monday: "Hopefully we can continue the form we've been in, and that starts Tuesday night.

"It's about maintaining the focus to push on and get to where we want to be at the end of the season. Every player wants it and we'll keep fighting for it until the last kick of the ball.

"The manager isn't thinking four or five games ahead. He's thinking of the next game, so Blackburn is the most important of the season after Watford was on Saturday.

"That's exactly how people are thinking, and exactly how it needs to be right until the end of the season. We're taking it game by game; we're confident we can stop teams and pick up results."


Victory over Watford on Saturday ensured a fourth straight win for the Canaries as they closed the gap on a number of their Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals.

Much of City's recent success has been down to an improved defensive record of four clean sheets in the past five matches, with Ruddy commenting: "I give the defence credit where credit's due because I haven't had much to do.

"It shows the way we're set up now; we're a lot more organised and people know what's expected of them. The confidence has always been there throughout the whole season, even when we went through a dip.

"We always said we'd pick back up, and we've put a run of results together. We know we've got a good squad.

"As long as we put in the performances we know we're capable of then I don't see why we won't be up there."

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