Ruddy has no doubts that Norwich can avoid the drop

Date published: Saturday 28th November 2015 1:41 - James Marshment

John Ruddy: Has lost his place in the side

Goalkeeper John Ruddy is in no doubt Norwich have all the ingredients needed to establish themselves in the Premier League – and with him firmly between the posts.

The Canaries host Arsenal on Sunday following a dismal run of five defeats from the last six league matches.

During that spell, which did include a victory over Swansea in the last home match, Ruddy has found his position under scrutiny, particularly following a blunder which led to Manchester City’s late penalty winner at the Etihad Stadium last month.

Ruddy, though, has not lost any confidence in his own ability, or that of Alex Neil’s men to retain their hard-earned place back among the elite.

“All the ingredients are there,” said Ruddy, who was capped by England in the summer of 2012.

“We just need to find the balance to get the three points we have often deserved.

“The standards we have set ourselves have to remain in the 25 games we have left. We take each game at a time.

“Against Arsenal, we need to make it difficult for them, but we also need to carry a threat ourselves.”

On his own performances, Ruddy added: “I don’t think I have been as good as I have been previously, but that’s football.

“Form is temporary. I am more than confident in myself. I know more often than not that my performances will be there.”

Ruddy, the 29-year-old former Everton stopper, is ready to face his critics head on – if they are brave enough.

“If I was to come out of the team I am sure there would be quite a few people happy with that,” Ruddy continued at a press conference.

“After the Manchester City game, and the mistake for the second goal, of course you question whether you will stay in the team.

“I had a couple of conversations with the gaffer and he was brilliant with me. Any criticism that is aimed at me has not already gone through my own mind.

“I am always negative on myself and that is what drives me on to be a better ‘keeper.

“I know on the pitch when I have made a mistake – with social media and forums people can spout their opinions, but I have yet to have anyone come up to my face and tell me I am rubbish.”

Ruddy added: “I have not been terrible all season, but this is my sixth year here at the club and they bought me for £250,000, so I feel I have proved value for money over the years.

“I have been in this game 11 years as a professional.

“It is not the first time I have been criticised and it probably won’t be the last.

“I think I am mentally strong enough to take the rough with the smooth.”

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