Lambert keeps faith in Rudd
Paul Lambert insists he has complete faith in Declan Rudd to fill in for suspended No.1 keeper John Ruddy against West Brom.
Last Updated: 09/09/11 2:07pm
Norwich boss Paul Lambert insists he has complete faith in reserve goalkeeper Declan Rudd to fill in for suspended No.1 John Ruddy against West Brom on Sunday.
Ruddy was hit with a one-match ban after he was sent off against Chelsea last time out for a challenge on Blues midfielder Ramires.
The keeper's suspension has prompted speculation Lambert could recall Jed Steer from his loan at Yeovil Town or sign a new shot-stopper on loan.
But the manager says he trusts youngster Rudd, who recently earned a call-up to the England Under 21s squad, to do a good job in Ruddy's absence.
"I've got no fear about him playing," Lambert told Sky Sports News. "He's never let me down so I don't have any problem.
"We spoke about it (bringing in a loan keeper) but we went with the decision that John is only going to be out for one game."
Asked about the possibility of recalling Steer from Yeovil he added: "No. Jed is at Yeovil and doing really well for them. For his development he needs to play regular games."
Lambert refused to be drawn on whether he would name 17-year-old academy keeper Remi Matthews on the bench as cover for Rudd.
He said: "I'll decide tomorrow what squad will turn up and whichever decision I make I'll stand by it."