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I have to admit when John Ruddy got injured, I wasn’t as confident as some other people that we wouldn’t miss him based on the quality of Mark Bunn. We seemed to be basing that theory on his performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup.
However, I haven’t seen too much to suggest that Bunn is anywhere near Ruddy’s level in the past two games. I think it’s fair to say that he had a mediocre game against Swansea; he did some things well, but some badly. I’m not quite sure what he was doing when Swansea scored their third goal, and he showed considerable indecision for their second.
Finally, he got away with one for the disallowed goal. I don’t think he was fouled in any way and just wasn’t strong enough to claim the ball. The biggest problem seems to be a lack of confidence and conviction in his play. I’m reminded that we have a very talented young goalkeeper in Declan Rudd, and hopefully he will get a chance against Aston Villa.
If Rudd proves to do well, then why not give him another go against Wigan on Saturday? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we signed Bunn, and his experience will be useful to us while Ruddy is out. But does he really have better quality than Rudd? I would be interested to know what people think on this.