Search

Norwich City making it hard for all Premier League opponents - Everton’s Phil Jagielka

10:13 06 April 2012

Everton

Everton's Phil Jagielka battles with Norwich City striker Steve Morison when the two teams met earlier in the season.

©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +44814 482222

Defender Phil Jagielka expects chances to be at a premium when Everton come to Carrow Road, bidding for a fourth successive win.

The Toffees have won their last three matches 2-0, with their FA Cup quarter-final replay victory at Sunderland sandwiched between Premier League wins over Swansea and West Bromwich Albion.

But England international Jagielka, 29, says goalscoring opportunities will be few and far between against the Canaries on Saturday.

He said Paul Lambert’s men had made it difficult for all their top-flight opponents.

“A lot of bookies and others might have expected them to struggle but they’ve been flying,” said Jagielka. “They’ve conceded a few goals over the course of the season as everyone does, but nobody has had an easy game against them.

“They will attack you – they often play two up front – but he’s got them well drilled and they haven’t been turned over.

“Grant Holt has scored some important goals while John Ruddy has done very well.”

Goalkeeper Ruddy made just one first team appearance for Everton in five years before he was sold to Norwich in 2010. But Jagielka insists the 6ft 4in ’keeper will be tough to beat.

“When John was here there was never an issue over whether he was a good goalkeeper,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “He stopped shots and did the rest really well.

“But he had very good goalkeepers in front of him, and sometimes when you do play a team where you’re going to be busy in goal it’s easier to keep your concentration.

“If you speak to managers, they’ll say the best keepers aren’t those that make 10 great saves in a game, it’s the ones who make one or two.

“Manchester United have been through quite a lot of goalkeepers because they’ve bought guys who are good shot stoppers, but haven’t maybe saved the key ones in games.

“John had to go out and play a lot of first team football to realise his potential. Now his concentration has got a lot better.

“In goalkeeping terms he was a baby here, and he’s still a young man but he’s grown into it. His kicking is great, he’s a big boy and he has always been a good shot stopper.”

Holt’s goal gave the Canaries a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in December, but Everton have improved over the second half of the season and have moved up into seventh place, above rivals Liverpool.

They have not conceded a goal for nearly six hours, since Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen struck an eighth-minute winner at Goodison Park on March 21.

Related articles

0 comments

Other Diss sport

Thu, 23:27
The lovely sound of bat on ball is filling the Norfolk airwaves.

Matt Collinge and Rob Setchell were the star men as Brooke recorded an impressive 110-win over morning leaders Cromer to join them at the top of the Premier Division table.

Wed, 06:30
Perkins Slade Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mike Denham (centre), of Harleston Magpies, at the England Hockey Awards 2016. Picture: Ravi Ghowry/England Hockey

Harleston Magpies stalwart Mike Denham has been recognised for his dedication to hockey with a national award.

Mon, 09:11
MCCA Unicorns Knockout Trophy. Norfolk (batting) vs Cumberland at Fakenham Cricket Club. At the crease is Lewis Denmark. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk fluffed their lines at Highfield Lawn as they squandered the chance to win their Minor Counties Unicorns Knockout Trophy group.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
The EAPL table is starting to take shape.

Overseas star Chad Bowes finally made his first appearance of the season for struggling Fakenham on Saturday – and what a difference he made!

Most Read

Thu, 23:27
The lovely sound of bat on ball is filling the Norfolk airwaves.

Matt Collinge and Rob Setchell were the star men as Brooke recorded an impressive 110-win over morning leaders Cromer to join them at the top of the Premier Division table.

Read more
Barton Wanderers
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Sport --  Football

DIss Town FA Vase Cup win v Taunton at Wembley  - Celebrations

Dated --7 May, 1994
CJ6694-26A

Negative -- n1228

It was 20 years ago next week that Diss enjoyed their FA Vase glory. GAVIN CANEY takes a trip down memory lane with Town’s cup-winning boss.

Read more
14:07
Anthony Ogogo, left, on his way to victory over Gary Cooper in Glasgow. Photo: PA

Anthony Ogogo has vowed to “blitz” his rivals in his search for boxing honours.

Read more
Germany
Monday, March 7, 2016
Action from Diss RFC's home win over Rochford Hundred at Mackenders. Picture: John Bulloch

Diss eked out a deserved and morale-boosting win against a determined Rochford side in London 2NE.

Read more
Jamie Burroughs
Sunday, September 6, 2015
The launch of the Poultec Speedway Training Program. Here Oliver Allen is pictured with some of the young riders who have signed up for the course. Picture: Ian Burt

If you cut Olly Allen, he bleeds speedway.

Read more
Europe

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up