Monday, February 11, 2013
Player ratings for both Norwich City and Fulham following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City:
6 Mark Bunn: Quieter shift than in recent times. Test of his concentration levels. Fine stop from Steve Sidwell.
6 Russell Martin: Admirable willingness to offer overlapping support to Robert Snodgrass. Largely nullified Damien Duff.
6 Michael Turner: One superb piece of anticipation to track Hugo Rodallega’s run in the second period. Calming influence.
6 Sebastien Bassong: Solid display laced with the usual one or two casual moments inside his own penalty area with the ball.
6 Javier Garrido: Did more than most to get Norwich on the front foot early. Calm cross created best chance for Luciano Becchio.
5 Alex Tettey: Usual application levels across a wide area of the field but wayward in possession.
6 Bradley Johnson: Left his mark on Dimitar Berbatov. Threatened on a couple of occasions from the edge of the Fulham area.
7 Robert Snodgrass: Tried to inject some urgency in the second period with a series of counters. Usual levels of prodigious effort.
6 Wes Hoolahan: Difficult to find space in a congested midfield even for the majestic Irishman. Never stopped trying to probe.
5 Elliott Bennett: Fresh evidence that perhaps the wide left role is a difficult one to try and master. One or two early pot shots.
6 Luciano Becchio: Needed better service. Brutal battle with Brede Hangeland. One clear sighter. Good tee up for Bradley Johnson strike.
Subs: Simeon Jackson (for Bennett) 5, Kei Kamara (for Becchio) 6
6 Mark Schwarzer: Assured presence at the back whenever City did manage to threaten. No real alarms.
6 Stanislav Manolev: Thrust into his Fulham debut. Looked vulnerable once or twice early on. Powerful in the air.
6 Philippe Senderos: Free ride with his centre-back partner detailed to mark Luciano Becchio. Largely untroubled.
7 Brede Hangeland: Forceful. Used every inch of his towering frame. Swarmed all over Becchio. Key man in that Fulham backline.
6 John Arne Riise: Not the attacking threat of the reverse fixture. Appeared happy to retain his defensive station for the most part.
6 Bryan Ruiz: Looked off the pace and understandable given his midweek transatlantic commitments for Costa Rica.
6 Steve Sidwell: Brave block to thwart Bradley Johnson in the first period. Relished the responsiblity as the senior midfield man.
6 Emmanuel Frimpong: Marked his debut with a caution for hauling down Robert Snodgrass. Athletic, destructive operator.
6 Damien Duff: Sporadic glimpses of the evergreen Irishman’s talent. Less inclined to track back the other way at his age.
6 Dimitar Berbatov: The languid Bulgarian was forced ever deeper in search of work. Triggered one or two half-chances.
5 Hugo Rodallega: Tough ask trying to occupy both centre halves. Clearest chance blocked by Michael Turner.
Subs: Urby Emanuelson (for Frimpong) 5, Mladen Petric (for Rodallega) 5, Ashkan Dejagah (for Ruiz) 4