Speaking to The Pinkun, Norwich City manager Alex Neil has openly blamed goalkeeper Declan Rudd for Aston Villa’s second goal against the Canaries at the weekend.
Rudd came rushing out to get the ball and Gabby Agbonlahor was able to roll the ball past him and into the far corner. If Rudd were to have stayed on his line then it would have been much harder for the forward to have scored.
The Diss-born shot-stopper has been enjoying his longest spell between the sticks at Norwich due to the poor form of John Ruddy earlier in the season. Ruddy was conceding more shots than he was saving and was making crucial errors in matches that were costing Norwich points.
This meant Neil had to change it and brought Rudd in against Watford at the start of December. Rudd went on to win Norwich’s player of the month award for December and was impressing fans with his shot-stopping capabilities.
However, Neil has come out and criticised Rudd for his mistake. Some may take it as a sign that Ruddy will return to the team but the way he speaks about it sounds like he will continue with Rudd and give him another chance.
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.