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Player ratings for both Norwich City and West Ham following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City
7 John Ruddy: Two quality reaction stops during West Ham’s bright spell in the first period. Well protected by his defence.
7 Russell Martin: Resolute at the back. One alert piece of defending to clear a certain goal. Flashes of attacking endeavour.
6 Leon Barnett: Another impressively assured muscular display. Carlton Cole was left to feed on scraps.
7 Sebastien Bassong: Growing in confidence with his distribution from the back. Unflustered. Great foil for Leon Barnett.
6 Javier Garrido: Appears to have slotted seamlessly into City’s backline. Quality operator in possession.
7 Robert Snodgrass: Continued his impressive early season form. Making the transition from the Championship look easy.
7 Bradley Johnson: Carried on in the same vein as Tottenham last time out. Always keen to supplement City’s forward thrusts.
7 Jonny Howson: Defensively disciplined but also showed plenty of technique and awareness going the other way.
7 Andrew Surman: Almost crafted a superb individual goal early on. Linked well with Javier Garrido. Classy outlet.
6 Grant Holt: Tough shift against two abrasive centre backs. Two clear sighters of goal in the first period.
7 Simeon Jackson: Denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen early in the second half. His substitution appeared to alter the flow of the game.
Subs: Steve Morison (for Jackson) 6, Harry Kane (for Holt) 6
• West Ham
7 Jussi Jaaskelainen: Brilliant fingertip save to claw away Simeon Jackson’s piledriver. Superb stoppage time block as well.
5 Guy Demel: Needed more support at times, faced by Andrew Surman and Javier Garrido raiding down his flank.
6 James Collins: Reckless attempted tackle on Andrew Surman almost proved fatal. Perhaps a touch fortunate to stay on the park.
6 Winston Reid: Looked the part. Never shirked the physical aerial challenge posed by City. Excellent athlete.
6 Joey O’Brien: Tried to get forward in the opening exchanges. Almost embarrassed by Robert Snograss after being robbed.
6 Mark Noble: Had to defer to Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson for the most part. Sporadic influence.
6 Mo Diame: Provides the ballast in West Ham’s engine room. Struggled to impose himself during Norwich’s best work.
5 Ricardo Vaz Te: Wayward. Woeful decisionmaking when it mattered - one decent early angled strike apart. Forgettable shift.
6 Kevin Nolan: Undoubtedly the leader of this crew. Denied by a superb one-handed first-half save from John Ruddy.
5 Matt Taylor: Showed little of his quality on that superb left peg. Overshadowed when Matt Jarvis belatedly appeared.
6 Carlton Cole: No lack of effort but dominated by City’s centrebacks. Needed far more support from midfield.
Modibo Maiga (for Cole) 6, Matt Jarvis (for Taylor) 7, Yossi Benayoun (for Vaz Te) 5