Norwich boss holds Rudd responsible after Villa defeat

Date published: Monday 8th February 2016 1:06 - Ian Watson

Norwich boss Alex Neil was forthright in blaming keeper Declan Rudd for Aston Villa’s killer second goal on Saturday.

The Canaries were beaten 2-0 by rock-bottom Villa as Neil’s side suffered their fifth straight defeat, having conceded 16 goals during that dire run.

With his side languishing in the bottom three, Neil did not shy away from criticising his players at Villa Park and goalkeeper Rudd was held responsible for Gabriel Agbonlahor’s second-half strike.

Neil told the Pink Un: “He made an error for the second goal, it is one of those things but Declan found himself in the team because John was making errors so where do you go? You change and it works, you change and it doesn’t work, you can’t win.

“I don’t think he had to come out that far. That is pretty standard if you look at it and I don’t think Declan would feel I am doing him a disservice there. That is what happens when you are down that bottom end. People make mistakes at vital times in games. You just have to suck it up and fight even more.”

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