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

Norwich City v Sunderland: Player ratings

Monday, December 3, 2012
11.32 AM

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

• 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