Monday, January 21, 2013
The national newspapers’ views on Norwich City’s 5-0 defeat at Liverpool.
• Norwich City:
5 Mark Bunn: Given the emphatic scoreline, City’s keeper was still one of the better performers. Which says it all.
5 Russell Martin: Difficult task against Jordan Henderson was made all the harder by Glen Johnson’s licence to raid forward at will.
4 Michael Turner: Glad to see the back of Liverpool this season in the league. Badly slipped for the second and fifth goals.
4 Ryan Bennett: Headed at Brad Jones early on from close in. Struggled with the movement of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
4 Javier Garrido: Pulled out of position too often. Liverpool’s fourth a classic example. The axis with Elliott Bennett did not work.
5 Robert Snodgrass: One class early free-kick should have brought an opener for Ryan Bennett. In reverse gear most of the day.
6 Alex Tettey: Bit into one early challenge on Steven Gerrard, but fighting too many fires in the engine room.
5 Bradley Johnson: Along with Alex Tettey incapable of denying the likes of Gerrard time and space to weave their magic.
5 Elliott Bennett: Question mark over the space afforded Stewart Downing for the fourth goal. Tough gig down the left.
5 Jonny Howson: One or two encouraging pieces of link play in the first 25 minutes. Faded into the midfield malaise thereafter.
5 Grant Holt: Handful in that same opening phase. But increasingly isolated as the hosts established dominance.
Subs: Anthony Pilkington (for Snodgrass) 4, Wes Hoolahan (for Elliott Bennett) 5
6 Brad Jones: Clean sheet and the sort of quiet shift he would have went to bed on Friday night dreaming about.
6 Andre Wisdom: Looks a prospect. Fearless in the air and muscular presence up and down that right flank.
6 Jamie Carragher: The vocal chords got more of a work out than the ageing legs. Leader and organiser.
6 Daniel Agger: The Dane is now coming into the best years of his career. Strong in the air. Impressive going forward.
6 Glen Johnson: Appeared to be rivalling Jordan Henderson for that attacking role down the left in the second period.
7 Stewart Downing: Looked to be on his way out of the club. Could still be a key part of the masterplan. First-time pass for the fourth.
6 Lucas: Happy to stay in the shadows around the star names, but offered the extra insurance to a composed backline.
8 Stevem Gerrard: One long range hit turned back the clock. Not the marauding presence of old, but still the class act on show
7 Jordan Henderson: Many more goals like his first exocet and that battle to win over the doubting Liverpool public will turn in his favour.
8 Luis Suarez: As good a striking display as his Carrow Road masterclass. Settled for just the one goal against his favourite foe.
8 Daniel Sturridge: Appears to have established an instant telepathy with Luis Suarez. Simple goal but a home debut to savour.
Subs: Raheem Sterling (for Lucas) 5, Fabio Borini (for Sturridge) 5, Joe Allen (for Henderson) 5