NORWICH City need to carry on with the work that has yielded six points from their last two games when they take on local rivals Ipswich Town this weekend, according to John Ruddy.
Impressive victories over Watford and Blackburn Rovers have given the Canaries momentum heading to Portman Road and their ‘keeper wants to ensure that continues.
“It’s just about keeping that going now and making sure we can keep picking points up, and that starts on Saturday,” he told the press
“We’ll look forward to the game as we do any other game, but there is a bit of extra spice to it because it is the derby and it has been so long and they probably will still be licking their wounds from last time.
“It is up to us to make sure we go there with the right attitude and the same sort of displays we’ve had in the last couple of weeks to make sure we pick up the points.”
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Aside from earning the local bragging rights, Ruddy says a victory in Suffolk would increase confidence even further for the Sky Bet Championship campaign ahead.
“It’s an important step for us because if we pick up our first away win, then we’ll set ourselves up on the road for that,” he added.
“If we can be hard to beat at home, like we are, and we can pick up more draws and wins away from home then we’ll be right up there come the end of the season. What better place to start than Portman Road?
“It’s only the fourth game of the season and it’s a 46-game season, but we know the outcome of this game will have more bearing on the supporters than it will for the rest of the season and we’re determined to go into this game needing to win and wanting to win, as we do every game.”
Ruddy, starting his fifth season with the Canaries, was quick to highlight the positive atmosphere around Carrow Road and Colney.
“The spirit that’s in this group is probably the best it’s been since we were in the Championship last time,” he explained.
“That is the key. A lot of people speak about the strength in depth of the squad, which we’ve got, but if you can add the team spirit on top of that, then it makes for a very tough team to beat.
“It’s a test of character now, to see how much we want to get back in the Premier League, and I can say on behalf of all the lads in there that it’s something we want more than anything.”