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15 January 2016

Goalkeeper turns 25 as City face Cherries

DECLAN Rudd feels Norwich City are in a positive frame of mind collectively ahead of visiting Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm).

The Canaries go into the contest two points above Eddie Howe's side, following a run of three wins in their past five top flight matches.

Speaking to the media at Colney on Friday morning, Rudd said: "It's a big game for both Clubs but we'll approach it how we do any other.

"We'll go into the match fully prepared to be ruthless in both boxes, and hopefully we can take our chances. We had a great run over the Christmas period, which was important.

"That's given us confidence because we know we've got a squad capable of competing. We've done our homework on Bournemouth and will be ready for them.

"It's my birthday on Saturday so getting a win would be a nice present." 

The Academy graduate goalkeeper has seized his first team opportunity in recent weeks, producing a number of eye-catching performances.
"It's something I've wanted to do ever since I joined as an eight-year-old," Rudd explained as he reflected on his current involvement in City's senior side.

"To come through the system and reach the first team is important to me. My whole family are Norwich supporters, as was I growing up, so it's great to be in the team.

"Once you step over that line you have to forget all of that, because that's when it becomes your job. After the games you can treat it as a fan, but for those 90 minutes you need to put that to one side.

"I'm just concentrating on keeping my place in the team now as I'm enjoying every second of it."

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