Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy believes the Canaries will have secured their Premier League status before a difficult final set of fixtures.

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When the fixture list was released in June many felt City must accumulate enough points by the end of March before a run of matches which sees Paul Lambert’s men take on the likes of Everton, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

And with City sitting 14 points above the relegation zone on 36 points with 10 games to go, Ruddy feels the Canaries’ Premier League fate will not rest on the final matches of their campaign.

When asked if City’s season was going to go to the wire, the 25-year-old said: “No, I think we’ve given ourselves more than enough points this season to be safe.

“Some people are saying that 36 is probably enough – we’re not looking at it like that.

“It’s a cliché but we’re taking each game as it comes. If we can pick up points in our remaining 10 games then I don’t think we’re going to have a problem.”

Ruddy was called into action on several occasions on Sunday to keep a lively Wigan side at bay but the former Everton man thought he and his team-mates were a long way short of their best.

“I am my own biggest critic and my performance wasn’t as good as I’ve come to expect from myself this season but I think that’s the same for every player.

“If you ask any player, they would have probably said that they were slightly below par. That’s an indication of how far we’ve come and the standards that we’ve set this season.

“We expect to win every game. Look at the Man United game – we were devastated when we lost that game.

“We would have been disappointed to draw so it just shows the character that we’ve got in the team and the way the manager drives us on.”

There were a few mutterings of discontent at the final whistle as a section of fans aired their frustration at seeing their side only take apoint against the Premier League’s bottom side.

But Ruddy hasn’t got a problem with the expectations levels rising around the club - that’s part and parcel of playing for a club like Norwich.

“I heard a couple of moans and groans at the end of the game but that shows the expectation level of not just us as players but the fans as well,” he added.

“They expect us to turn teams like Wigan over because of where they are.

“As players, we know it’s going to be difficult because they are fighting for their lives.”

City have another television date next weekend when they travel to Newcastle on Sunday and Ruddy admitted he cannot wait to test himself against the likes of Papa Cisse and Demba Ba, who showed his goalscoring prowess with a brace in Norwich’s 4-2 win at Carrow Road in December.

“We’re looking forward to going up there and giving a good account of ourselves,” he said. “It’s a great test for everyone – to come up against the best players. We’re in the best league in the world and that’s why we worked so hard last season so we could come up against these.

“That’s why we’re working even harder this year to stay in this league because we want to stay here.”

22 comments

  • I think there is a danger in too much focus on survival. Yes, that has to be borne in mind, but surely the talk and focus now should be a simple and more positive one - aim to finish above Liverpool. That's a much more positive goal and if we do that, then, yes, we'll stay up too...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • The Foreign Office should start issuing warnings about Basel.UEFA must not let the canaries play them away.OTBC

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • Ruddy is definitely morphing into Hellboy, with that red outfit. Glue a pair of truncated horns onto his forehead and the transformation is complete. The devil of a good goalkeeper! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • More like morphing into Dean Ashton!!

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    jharding

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Ruddy mentions the fothcoming Newcastle match. This will be a completely different scenario from when they came to us. We really caught them at the best time, with their main defenders out injured. Lambert bombarded them with Holt and Morison, brilliant tactics that overpowered them. No doubt Lambert and team are deliberating on how to outsmart Mr Pardew in this next contest. I fear the result will not be the same, but ILWT.

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    jharding

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • The big man gets better and is aware of the increasing demands at "The Theatre of Aspirations". His decison-making continues to improve and he has made some really good out-of-the-area plays with his feet in the last few games. His confidence is growing, let's help him along!

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Look on the bright side, Swiss. You still have the cuckoo clocks, the Alps, the chocolate, the Tax Haven...and Basel. Not totally Trapped. And, like many others, being milked by the Uberarchants for the benefit of their illiterate protegee.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • Swiss, did you not get your invite to parade your club's supporters' flag at half time Sunday? We could have proudly walked together!

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    Soglio Star

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Suggested Naarch Squad: Hell Boy. - Kafu, Mrs Humphry, Burger, Grasshopper. - Glass, Arnold B, Fuchs, Wiesohn. - Pferd, Voldemort. Subs; (from) Cattle, Gordon B, Rhythm stick, Overbloke, Lyndon BJ, Simone, Wigintact.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • sorry that john ruddy had to listern to supporters booing,when you look at where we have come from over the last three years,they do not deserve that.but if we win every game i exspect some would find something to moan about.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Here we go again! Quite a few NCFC supporters (not just me) are being "ethered" and Moderated but Eros Todge gets through regularly. What can we learn from this, Archant?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • I think there is a danger in too much focus on survival. Yes, that has to be borne in mind, but surely the talk and focus now should be a simple and more positive one - aim to finish above Liverpool. That's a much more positive goal and if we do that, then, yes, we'll stay up too...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • OK, I get it. It was too subtle for me, I was already an internal British exile, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, when Zaks opened. Be gentile with me.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

  • Oh, and Hoolahoop! Be messy without Wessi.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • I agree that this game will be a lot different to the last encounter. The good bit might be that Lambert seems to be do a better job of countering other teams plans than having the upper-hand and deciding how we are going to make the running. After all he was a legendry man-marker.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Here we go again John "rent a quote" Ruddy, perhaps if he spent a bit more time improving his technique and less time talking to the press we wouldn't be on the shocking run of form we currently are!! Clark In !! Ged - Official Fans Spokesman.

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Soglio, I am duly shamed. I have not investigated the international supporters network and now realize the error of my ways. Anyway, I need to get out of Basel after today, this evening I narrowly missed a psychaitric patient stealing a car and mowing down 8 people on the bridghe near my flat and FCBasel got thrashed 7-0 by Bayern.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Last year the Foreign Office withrew the Honary Consul, and there was a huge armed robbery at the Jewllery Fair. The year before that I was held up at gunpoint by the Stadt Polizei SWOT team outside the dry-cleaners as they had mis-identified me as a Switzeralnd's most wanted man. It was a disappointment to find out that I was not wanted at all.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • Here we go again John "rent a quote" Ruddy, perhaps if he spent a bit more time improving his technique and less time talking to the press we wouldn't be on the shocking run of form we currently are!! Clark In !! Ged - Official Fans Spokesman.

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

  • Zak. Zak`s "Restaurants" aka Burgerdromes? Naarch. You know, Naarch? Where our football club is based. Did you get the rest OK? Burgers are often better in White bread!! Hope this explanation is not too Wimpy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

  • Who on earth is Burger, or have you flipped?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

  • Ashton? Who?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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