Fourteen Cup Finals

John Ruddy says that Wolves’ sole focus is on this evening’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Norwich City at Molineux.

He says that following every game, the team’s focus turns to the next game - nobody is looking any further than that.


He said, “You have to prepare for every game individually and differently so obviously we had the game on Saturday, and then come Monday morning we were preparing for Norwich. 


“Thursday, we’ll be preparing for Fulham - it has to be that way and focussed solely on that game, once that’s done, on to the next one and so forth.”


Wolves’ last outing saw the team draw 1-1 against Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday.


Ruddy felt that on reflection, with other results going Wolves’ way, it was a point gained rather than two points dropped.


“You look on Saturday, we were disappointed not to collect all three points but on reflection, you look before the game,  think Preston had lost one in 15,” said Ruddy. 


“With the other results going well for us, Derby losing last Tuesday and Villa on Saturday, it was a point gained in the end.We never look beyond the next game - it was really good point on Saturday but tomorrow is all about trying to get the three.


“It’s quite simple, as well as we have done, we haven’t achieved anything and I think that’s the message that we’re certainly transpiring within the training ground to each other. 


“We have 14 games left, we’ve got 14 cup finals - if we do it before that then fantastic, then we’ve achieved that early. 


“We’re in a fantastic position at the moment and we’ve done that for ourselves by doing the right things and not getting ahead of ourselves and making sure that everyone’s on it for every training session and every game. 


“If it isn’t broke, why fix it? We’ve got no need to change our philosophy - we haven’t changed it all season and I don’t imagine that we’d start to change that now.”


The 31 year old goalkeeper faces his former club for the second time this season, Norwich City - a club that Ruddy played over 200 games for over a seven year period.


He says he was thankful for the reception he received when Wolves played Norwich at Carrow Road earlier in the season, but says this his focus remains on winning three points on Wednesday evening.


“It’s always nice going back to your old club because the stadium was full of Norwich fans and to hear that reception was really special to me and my family were there which was really nice,” Ruddy continued. 


“It’s a mutual respect between me and the fans and the rest often club as well. 


“I felt that I did a lot for the club, as the club had for me so it was nice to get that reception. 


“Today’s another game, there’s three points and that what we’re wanting and that’s all we’re concentrating on. 


“Hopefully if we’re on top of our game, we’ve got more than enough quality to out-football teams in this league.”