Who was your Norwich City Man of the Match v Fulham?

John Ruddy tips a free-kick from Bryan Ruiz over the bar. Picture: Andrew Tobin / Focus Images John Ruddy tips a free-kick from Bryan Ruiz over the bar. Picture: Andrew Tobin / Focus Images

Monday, August 20, 2012
10:17 AM

Bizarre as it may seem on the back of a five-goal drubbing, but John Ruddy’s sturdy resistance as the last line of defence prevented a hammering becoming a total embarrassment.

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Ruddy’s perfect week after an impressively mature England debut ended on a sour note in front of the watching national manager.

Roy Hodgson could not have attached any blame to Ruddy for the five goals conceded. The big man from St Ives was left to face Damien Duff alone for the second consecutive occasion in these parts.

Mladen Petric was allowed a free header from Duff’s corner, then his strike took a wicked deflection after the interval. Alex Kacaniklic was given the freedom of the Norwich backline to slot a fourth before Steve Sidwell smashed a fifth from the penalty spot.

Ruddy and Ruddy alone prevented the goal rush starting even earlier after recovering from a miscued clearance that dropped to Bryan Ruiz. The 25-year-old denied the overlapping John Arne Riise then Ruiz then Petric as Fulham poured forward to the sound of the trumpets.

Ruddy then smartly tipped over the dangerous Ruiz’s free kick in the final seconds of the opening period.

21 comments

  • CRAB YOU RECKON YOUR AS DELUDED AS THE REST OF THEM THEY ARE AVERAGE LEAGUE 1 PLAYERS AT BEST AS HAS BEEN PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN, YOU CARROT CRUNCHERS ARE TOO THICK TO SEE IT AND WE WILL PASS YOU ON THE WAY UP HA HA

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    whiteboy

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • If Vaughan is fit he must be given a chance. If he isn`t fit the he shouldn`t be on the bench anyway. I hope he doesn`t turn out to be a waste of the "reported" £2million we (aka Previous Leader) paid Everton for him. I reckon Dani Pacheco could do a job in tandem with Holty. Little & Large. Very fast and... not as fast as that. ;-). :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Other : James Vaughan. He didn`t put a foot wrong. He didn`t get the chance to put a foot ANYWHERE!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • NO NEED TO SHOUT WHITEBOY, WE CAN HEAR YOU EVEN AS FAR AWAY AS OUR FEEDER CLUB. I CAN GUARANTEE THAT CITY WILL FINISH ABOVE LEEDS THIS SEASON, NO MATTER WHAT!

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    The Crab

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • It`s too early to make a judgement on Turner but a little voice in my head says "I hope there`s a recall clause on the Ayala loan". To put him bottom of the CB pecking order is madness. I suppose CH has to justify Turner`s recruitment and, in fairness, MT has a good track record. But O`Neill seemed fairly relaxed about losing him..........

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • MB - you are spot on. Our only striker with any pre-season form and he gets nowhere near the pitch. He should have been playing off Holt. Personally I don't think Vaughan or Jackson are what we need, but at least give the guy in the best form a chance.

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    DT

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • That's the White Troll dealt with. Now returning to the subject of this board. .... John Ruddy was actually one of the few to emerge with any sort of credit from the match. Some of his saves were miraculous, and some merely excellent. What was most evident was how the confidence seemed to drain from the rest of the team after the first goal. Until then we had been quite reasonable. That goal looked a tad offside - and still looked a bit that way on MoTD, despite the efforts of the commentator to convince himself , and us, otherwise. Same with the second - I wasn't convinced, either at the game or after multiple re-runs of MoTD footage, that the ball had crossed the line before being hacked clear. Neither Official was in the best place to make such a fine judgement. The third was a cracking shot, even before it took the wicked deflection, and the fourth was the result of poor defending. The penalty for the fifth could not be disputed, and was the result of desperation. Hoots needs to get that confidence level back up PDQ, and get that midfield attacking again - and I'm sure he will do both! IHWT. OTBC!

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    The Crab

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • FULHAM...MID TABLE FOREVER...YAWN!

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    NrflkM

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • The Daily Mail (Sam Cunningham), gave Ruddy 3 along with Martin, and Tierney. Turner was rated 2. Our top man was Morison with 5... Schwarzer in the Fulham goal was rated 7..He must have played a blinder!..Now back to common sense. One game played, and lost. Nevertheless we are only 3pts behind the leaders and a win in the next match will give us a match average of 1.5pts. That equates to 57 for the season. I'll settle for that.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Ryan Bennett the only defender with Premiership credentials, The rest should be sold to Championship sides if anyone wants them. Tierney spent more energy waving his arm in the air than getting stuck into the opposition.

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    goldie

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • "Prevented a hammering becoming a total embarrassment" 5-0 at Fulham IS a total embarrassment!

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    DT

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Your thinking is, as ever, sound as a pound Pa! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Juding by Turner's performance is it worrying that we've loaned Ayala out. Especially given that Ward and Barnett are our cover.

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    DT

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • All the players not on the pitch played well. take your pick. and oh dear another saddo from the outskirts of bradford has sounded off

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Spot on DT. When does a hammering become an embarrassment? I`d say 4-0 tops, if you`re playing ManC et al. Fulham???

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Would have been even worse without John Ruddy, a lot of work to certainlky be done. It certainly wasn't the Fulham Bar organisers who ran out of drinks in the heat before HT!! It can only get better. OTBC!! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I wonder if somebody might advise whiteboy on how to disable Caps Lock? That should be easily achievable, though curing the bad grammar and spelling may be too much to hope. As for the boorish manners, no chance. WHY do people become trolls? Are they just born that way? Is whiteboy the way he is through existing under a stone - lack of sunlight? I will join in with sensible football comment when this source of pollution goes away. Which it probably won`t. Stereotyping is easy, Whippet Boy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • OK WHITEBOY. THESE ARE THE FACTS. THE LOWEST CITY CAN FINISH IS 20TH IN THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (BOTTOM OF PREM). THE HIGHEST LEEDS CAN FINISH IS 21ST IN THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (TOP OF CHUMPIONSHIP). NOT THAT EITHER EVENT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE, BUT THAT IS THE UNARGUABLE BASIS OF MY GUARANTEE. NOW GO BACK TO SLEEP AND DREAM ON! (I CAN SHOUT TOO!)

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    The Crab

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Now looks like we may have Bassong. Don`t know anything about him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Btw, whippet boy is an anagram of pp whiteboy. The pp bit being pianissimo. Very quiet. Not per pro.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • ABSOLUTLEY CRACKING UP WITH LAUGHING, THE USELEES JOHNSON HOWSON & SNODGRASS STRUGGLED TO GET OUT OF LEAGUE 1 WHAT DO THESE SO CALLED PREM MANAGERS THINK OF PLAYING IN PREM LEAGUE YOUVE GOT NO CHANCE MANY MORE STUFFINGS TO COME LOVE IT , GOING DOWN GOING DOWN HAHA

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    whiteboy

    Monday, August 20, 2012

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