Nuno Espirito Santo heaped the praise on his goalkeeping team after John Ruddy saved a crucial penalty in Friday night’s dramatic win at Cardiff City.
It was an insane finish to the game between the Championship’s top two sides, with Cardiff incredibly spurning two penalties deep into stoppage time.
The first, taken by Gary Madine, was stopped superbly by Ruddy who then made a crucial stop moments later to preserve his clean sheet after a scramble.
Whilst Junior Hoilett’s effort with the last kick of the game was only kept out by the woodwork, the entire Wolves team and coaching staff ran to their keeper as the whistle blew.
And, former keeper Santo praised the ex-Norwich man and the people he works with on a daily basis.
“John is very important, as is every player – Will Norris, Harry Burgoyne, they’re important the way they help each other,” he told the Express & Star.
“The way John is performing through the season is a big credit to the goalkeeper coach and his team mates. Ninety per cent of the time they are on their own but they support each other.”
John Ruddy has come in for a bit of criticism in recent months and some of it has been deserved, but he proved on Friday night why he was voted in the team of the year.
The penalty save was outstanding at such a critical moment and he also coped well with the aerial bombardment from Cardiff too.
Santo is right to give him credit, along with the other keepers and their coach, as they do all push each other on.
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