Norwich City v Sunderland: Player ratings

Norwich City players congratulate Sebastien Bassong on his goal against Sunderland. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Norwich City players congratulate Sebastien Bassong on his goal against Sunderland. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, December 3, 2012
11:32 AM

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Sunderland following their Premier League clash.

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• Norwich City

7 Mark Bunn: Beaten by Craig Gardner’s swerving shot. Assured saves from Danny Rose and Stephane Sessegnon.

6 Steven Whittaker: Danny Rose tested him to the full. May feel he could have stopped Sunderland’s goal at source. Fantastic work-rate.

7 Ryan Bennett: Another hugely mature display. One fantastic near post block foiled Connor Wickham after the interval.

8 Sebastien Bassong: Showed predatory intent to notch Norwich’s first. Held City together during Sunderland’s revival. Leader.

6 Javier Garrido: Solid and dependable against a tricky customer in Adam Johnson. Had to curb his usual attacking instincts.

7 Alex Tettey: Covered acres as usual. Needed reverse gear for most of the second period.

7 Bradley Johnson: Could claim a double assist of sorts for both Norwich goals. Superb cushioned pass for the second.

7 Robert Snodgrass: Free-kick assist for Norwich’s first goal. Failed to adequately deal with Danny Rose for the visitors’ reply.

7 Wes Hoolahan: Showed bravery to get on the ball during Sunderland’s best spells to inject some calm back into proceedings.

7 Anthony Pilkington: Admirable composure to cap a fantastic passing move for Norwich’s second. Dominated Phil Bardsley.

7 Grant Holt: Set the tone early. Caused havoc for Sunderland’s two centre-backs. Selfless again for the cause.

Subs: Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5, Jonny Howson (for Hoolahan) 5

• Sunderland

6 Simon Mignolet: Slight question mark over Norwich’s first goal in terms of anticipation. Looked suspect on set pieces.

5 Phil Bardsley: too often caught out of position. emphasized by his walkabout for Norwich’s second goal.

5 Carlos Cuellar: touch unfortunate with the deflection for Norwich’s first, but could not handle the physicality of Grant Holt.

5 Matthew Kilgallon: Booked within three minutes. Skied a golden chance over in the second half. Not his finest 90 minutes.

7 Danny Rose: Came to the party in both halves. unlike the majority of his team-mates. Set up goal and numerous opportunities.

6 Adam Johnson: early shot hinted at an afternoon to remember. One strike in the second period cleared off the line.

6 Sebastian Larsson: Worked one cute corner routine with Danny Rose that caught City off guard. Wasted in central midfield.

7 Craig Gardner: Superb goal. Struck a post with a thunderous free-kick and generally Sunderland’s heart beat.

6 James McClean: Flitted in and out of the contest. too often strayed into central areas with little or no space to operate.

6 Stephane Sessegnon: Denied by Mark Bunn in the second period. One excellent cross for Connor Wickham sparked the second half blitz.

5 Steven Fletcher: Injury curtailed his afternoon and Sunderland’s woeful first half showing limited his chance to impress.

Subs: Connor Wickham (for Fletcher) 6, Frazier Campbell (for McClean) 4, David Vaughan (for Larsson) 4

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7 comments

  • I think I agree with what you said, "diminutive of richard", punctuation permitting! ;-) We do need to give Little Benno a run on the right with maybe Snods on the left (where he can use his foot). Pilkington does not deserve to be dropped, though - I have a feeling he`ll get a few more goals yet. Holty is a canny man; he could have a future in coaching\management.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • That is equally sad and silly. "Diminutive of richard" gets thro`, the fellow`s proper posting name verboten!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Little Richard. Testing, testing.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Suspicions confirmed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • The wives of O'Neill, Moyse, Ferguson, Pubis and Whinger were talking about where to go for a short holiday break. I've heard the Canaries are unbeatable at this time of year they all chorused

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    Pondlife

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • i know this will go against the strong partisan support Ruddy has but i think Bunn is equally as good if not better.We caught a brief glimpse of Elliot Bennet who in that limited time managed i think 2 assists one of which Holt nearly connected with.As a wing back feed for Holt this classy player perhaps deserves a start.Bassong especially with Turner and Whittaker adds strength to the defence but he does have this strange habit of recieving the ball and then looking down at it as though its an object hes never seen before and whats he supposed to do with it. Although Holt hasnt scored for a few games whether the team know it or not he is their driving force,the target man and along with hughton encourages the team with the self belief.necessary to face the expensively assembled opposition.[the belief thing is conjecture on my part based on how things appear on the pitch] Just as Holt has adapted to the changes in the standards of play in the various leagues he has played in so he will develope stratagies to overcome the effect of having his craft analysed by the enemy over the past 2 years .

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    dick

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I think I agree with what you said, dick, punctuation permitting! ;-) We do need to give Little Benno a run on the right with maybe Snods on the left (where he can use his foot). Pilkington does not deserve to be dropped, though - I have a feeling he`ll get a few more goals yet. Holty is a canny man; he could have a future in coaching\management.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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