Conor Coady has praised the performance of stand-in goalkeeper John Ruddy in Saturday’s Premier League victory over Cardiff City.

Speaking to the club website, Coady was delighted with the way Ruddy played considering it was his first top-flight outing of the season.

The ‘keeper has played every one of the club’s cup matches this season but has been kept out of the league side by summer signing Rui Patricio.

With Wolves in FA Cup quarter-final action against Manchester United next weekend, manager Nuno Espirito Santo thought the 32-year-old would benefit from some more game time ahead of the clash.

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The stopper kept a clean sheet as the team produced a comfortable 2-0 victory, with strike partners Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenz both finding a way past Bluebirds goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Coady, who of course was playing directly in front of Ruddy at Molineux, was happy with the way the ex-Norwich ‘keeper carried himself.

He said:

He’s brilliant – he’s a huge part of this football club, as I’ve said before. He’s a huge part of that changing room and you know what you’re going to get from the big man – he organises, he leads, he talks and you know he’s a fantastic shot-stopper as well. He was superb.

Patricio is expected to return to the side for this weekend’s Premier League trip to Chelsea before Ruddy takes centre stage against the Red Devils in 10 days time.

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