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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Patience the key for Ruddy

10th January 2019, 10:36 by Chris Rivers

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy says he's content to be patient and wait for his chances behind current No.1 Rui Patricio.

The 32-year-old was first-choice during Wanderers' Championship-winning campaign last season but has slipped down the pecking order since Portugal international Patricio arrived at Molineux in the summer.

The former Norwich shot-stopper made just his third appearance of the season in Monday's FA Cup win over Liverpool and delivered a timely reminder of his talents to head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, making a brilliant save to keep out a Xherdan Shaqiri freekick.

Ruddy is set to be back on the bench again for Wolves when they travel to Manchester City on Monday but says he's happy to play second fiddle, for now, dismissing the notion of being tempted to leave this month in search of more regular action.

"It's a role I'm not used to," he told the Express and Star. "It's one I've never been in before. I've been in and out of teams but always consistently been a number one keeper since I joined Norwich and through into last year.

"Games have been few and far between this year. I've had to be patient and work hard in training and keep my head down.

"I know I have to be patient but it's also a fantastic club to be at and I'm really pleased to be here.

"I feel part of it, I'm there every day in training pushing Rui (Patricio) as hard as I can."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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