Monday, January 14, 2013
Player ratings for both Norwich City and Newcastle United following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City:
6 Mark Bunn: Valuable clean sheet after City’s recent patchy run. Secure handling and routine saves when required.
7 Russell Martin: Ranged forward to clip the outside of Tim Krul’s post in a second period, when he was firmly on the front foot.
7 Michael Turner: Read the play admirably to intercept at source on numerous occasions when Newcastle did threaten.
6 Sebastien Bassong: Early aberration aside, dominated Papiss Cisse. Strong and powerful in the air.
6 Javier Garrido: In a game that valued defensive discipline, the full-back proved a profitable attacking outlet.
7 Alex Tettey: Distribution at times in the second period was a touch erratic, but a force for good in that destructive role.
7 Bradley Johnson: This was his game alongside Alex Tettey in the trenches. One or two incursions around the visiting area.
6 Robert Snodgrass: Typical high energy offering but clearly identified by the visitors as the main man. Double-teamed.
6 Wes Hoolahan: Dallied when through in the first half. Dropping deeper in search of work lessened his attacking effectiveness.
7 Anthony Pilkington: Tested Krul from close range. Relished the battle within a battle against French debutant Mathieu Debuchy.
5 Simeon Jackson: Neat link up play at times but too ofen isolated against Newcastle’s centre backs.
Subs: Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5, Grant Holt (for Jackson) 6
• Newcastle United:
Tim Krul: Highly-rated and showed why. Redundant for long spells but reacted superbly to thwart Anthony Pilkington.
Mathieu Debuchy: Clearly has the pedigree but struggled with the pace at times and the trickery of Pilkington.
Mike Williamson: uncomplicated centre back. Grant Holt’s absence until the closing stages made his life somewhat easier.
Fabricio Coloccini: The returning captain made his presence felt. Technically-gifted but savours the physical tussles.
Davide Santon: Could rely on plenty of back-up to deal with the real threat of Robert Snodgrass. Largely successful plan.
James Perch: Athletic presence in that key central battleground. Almost a personal mission to try and halt Wes Hoolahan.
Vernon Anita: Neat and tidy. The fulcrum of Newcastle’s midfield. Slight frame belies his toughness.
Gabriel Obertan: One instinctive half-volley was parried by Mark Bunn. Offered only intermittent service down the right.
Sylvain Marveaux: Looked a skilful operator whenever Newcastle could work the ball into his path.
Jonas Gutierrez: Sacrificed a lot of his attacking instincts to help Davide Santon patrol Snodgrass.
Papiss Cisse: Suffered a similar fate to Simeon Jackson. Plenty of endeavour but outnumbered.
Subs: Yohan Cabaye (for Obertan) 6, Gael Bigirimana (for Anita) 5