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15 December 2016

Stopper targeting a third straight Carrow Road win

NORWICH City goalkeeper John Ruddy says Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over Aston Villa must serve as a launchpad ahead of the Canaries hosting Huddersfield on Friday (7:45pm).

Having endured a difficult run of form lately, successive home wins for Alex Neil's side has provided a boost of confidence ahead of the traditionally hectic festive and New Year schedule.

Speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, Ruddy said: "I'd agree we're back on track but we also said that after Brentford.

"Now, it's about putting a run together and making sure we take that into the next few games. We've got all the ingredients to do that, it's a case of making it happen.

"We always have open and frank discussions when we do debrief of games. Performances hadn't been good enough, hence we weren't picking up results.

"It's no coincidence that when we outwork teams and work to our capabilities, the results follow. We have to make sure our standards are at a consistent level."

While pleased to have kept two clean sheets in three matches, City's stopper is keen to share the plaudits, as he added: "It's always nice, although we score as a team and defend as a team.

"Tuesday was a prime example as I had nothing to do until the last kick of the game. When it was needed, I was there for the lads to get a hand onto the shot and turn it onto the post.

"The boys out in front of me, to a man, were outstanding. It shows what we can do when we work hard and stick together.

"We had a great atmosphere [on Tuesday] and the crowd responds to the way the players play. If we're up for it then the crowd are going to get behind us, so it's down to us to help create that atmosphere."

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