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Lambert lays down challenge to Canaries youngster

PUBLISHED: 10:20 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 06 July 2010

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert is happy for Declan Rudd to keep his place between the sticks - providing he proves he is good enough.

The 18-year-old Academy product made his first team debut at Gillingham on Saturday after Fraser Forster's sending off, and pulled off a number of notable saves to help the Canaries earn a point.

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert is happy for Declan Rudd to keep his place between the sticks - providing he proves he is good enough.

The 18-year-old Academy product made his first team debut at Gillingham on Saturday after Fraser Forster's sending off, and pulled off a number of notable saves to help the Canaries earn a point.

Then on Tuesday, Rudd was given the nod to make his full home debut against Leyton Orient as Forster served his one-match suspension, and although he had little to do after Norwich's anxious opening, his distribution and confidence was enough to impress Carrow Road, as well as his watching manager - so much so, Forster may have to wait to get his starting place back.

“Yes, I've got no qualms about putting him in,” said Lambert, as City prepare to take on high flying Bristol Rovers on Saturday. “His kicking is brilliant. For a young kid, who's only been 18. He had no chance with the shot that hit the crossbar but, to be fair to him, he's come in and you talk about problems. That's given me a problem.”

Rudd looked to have been beaten once, after Charlie Daniels struck the face of the bar from 25 yards - although the City keeper may have laid the thinnest of finger tips on the ball as it whistled past.

“He'll probably say he did; if you ask him he'll think it's a world class save,” said Lambert. “But what he did do, his kicking and distribution was very good.”

The Canaries boss does not believe it would be too early for Rudd to secure a regular place in the first team, holding up Korey Smith's superb midfield performances as proof of an age old adage.

“A bit too early? You could say the same about Korey Smith,” said Lambert. “A young lad that's just got in there, but Korey is in the team on merit.

“It's not as if he's a young lad and we've got time to wait for him to develop in the first team. He's in there because I think he's good enough to sustain it, which he is doing.

“Declan will be the same - if you're good enough, you're old enough. I always think that. I always think if you're good enough there's no point in keeping you out of the team because you're pushing them and pushing and pushing.

“So I'm not frightened to go with young lads - providing I think they're good enough.

“Korey Smith looks like a young man playing the game at the minute. He's going to have a little dip, which is normal, but he's playing well beyond his years. Dec may do the same, so I don't have a problem about playing young lads.”

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