Norwich City fan Edward Seaman asks is it time to replace Ruddy with young keeper Rudd?

Columnist Edward Seaman

Columnist Edward Seaman

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Hands up who was expecting a Halloween nightmare on Saturday as City travelled to table-toppers Manchester City.

I’ve got to be honest and admit that I was surprised by the resilience and solidity shown by Alex Neil’s men, fending off a side who have been nothing short of rampant at home this season.

Ultimately, it wasn’t enough but it is one of those occasions where you really have to take the positives, as deflating as the late defeat was.

The last minute goal was certainly not a positive, and for our ghoul-keeper (sorry) John Ruddy, it was certainly a horror show.

Naturally, the question has to be asked, is it time to give Diss’ own Declan Rudd a go in the Premier League?

While Rudd has impressed in the cup appearances this season for me it’s not a time to start chopping and changing – especially in such an important position.

After four straight league defeats, it would certainly be brave to give Rudd his big opportunity – perhaps the only one he’ll get – in a must-win match.

I think criticism of Ruddy has been a tad harsh, yes City have shipped goals this season but defence, and midfield, have to take an equal share of the blame.

Swansea are the visitors to Carrow Road tomorrow – in what can already be described as a ‘six pointer’.

Garry Monk’s side are one I admire but I think their confident, passing, attacking game will actually suit City, as opposed to other teams who have sat behind the ball.

Arguably we’ve been better away from home and that’s because we’ve been afforded space for the likes of Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolahan to play and create chances.

I think unity is vitally important. With only one home win all season, things are bound to get nervy and it’s our job as fans to get behind the team and roar them on to the most valuable of three points.