I Want Three Points

John Ruddy hopes that Wolves can bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to QPR at his former club, Norwich City, on Tuesday night.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men approach the midweek trip to Carrow Road on the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Rs and Ruddy explained how the squad were disappointed with their performance.

He said: “Everyone’s disappointed with the result but, first and foremost, with the performance as well.

“We didn’t perform to the standards that we’ve set ourselves so far this season and when you don’t then that’s going to be the end result.

“Once QPR got that second goal, it looked very difficult for us to get back into it.

“They performed well on the day and made it hard for us but that’s something we’re going to have to be prepared for more often than not this season.

“Teams making it hard for us to play and pressing us high up the pitch.

“We know we’re good enough to play around that, it’s just making sure that we do that game in, game out.

“We need to keep a belief in the way we want to do things, I think that’s the message that’s been sent to us over the last couple of days from the manager.

“We have our beliefs on how we want to play and we know we’re good enough to implement them and, more often than not when we do implement them, we’ll get the results that we need.

“Saturday’s performance wasn’t good enough and we got punished for that.”

The goalkeeper believes that the quality of the Wolves side alters the way that opponents prepare to face Nuno’s men.

“With players that have come in and the quality that’s in the squad now we’ve got to be prepared to have that target on our back.

“I think in terms of quality of players this current squad is probably the best I’ve played with.

“We’re an ambitious group and we have to deal with that. Apart from Saturday, we’ve been brilliant this season so we won’t get too downhearted.

“That’s where the manager’s fantastic. We keep our feet firmly on the ground, we know what’s expected from us in every game and we have to implement our game plan.

“Unfortunately on Saturday we didn’t do that but we’ve been superb this season, I don’t think anyone can doubt that.
“We’ve got two massive games this week that we’ll go into full of confidence, we need to show people that it was just a blip and get back to doing what we do best.”

Ruddy spent seven years at Norwich City and made over 200 appearances during his time with the Canaries but the 31-year-old will be treating Tuesday night’s fixture like any other Championship game.

He said: “It’s another game. It will be nice to go back and see some familiar faces but I’m a Wolves player and I want three points.

“Norwich is a big club and it’s a special club to me, one that gave me massive opportunities but, at the same time, I’m a Wolves player now.

“I had a great time there and hold a lot of affection for the city. My family still live there and it’s somewhere that I will go back to.

“The area and the club were great for me as I was for the club, but three points are on offer tomorrow and that’s what we want.

“The club was great with me, gave me massive opportunities and the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

“I felt I repaid the club’s faith more than enough for the fans to hopefully give me a good reception tomorrow. “