Monday, December 17, 2012
Player ratings for both Norwich City and Wigan Athletic following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City
7 Mark Bunn: Watching brief in the main, but secure when tested by James McArthur and Maynor Figueroa.
6 Steven Whittaker: Accepted Wigan’s invitation to roam forward in the first period. Slipped by Arouna Kone for the leveller.
6 Michael Turner: Welcome return. Kone only exposed him for pace once. Done by Franco Di Santo but Seb Bassong to the rescue.
7 Sebastien Bassong: One or two lapses of concentration but more than compensated for by his magnificent late block.
6 Javier Garrido: Best work in attacking areas. One composed lift should have brought Robert Snodgrass greater reward.
7 Alex Tettey: Injected his usual dynamism into Norwich’s urgings. Pressed well in tandem with Bradley Johnson.
7 Bradley Johnson: Dominated Wigan alongside Alex Tettey in the first period. Deserved booking. Denied by Ali Al Habsi after the break.
7 Robert Snodgrass: Close range header at Al Habsi. Crosses for Anthony Pilkington and Grant Holt could have brought goals.
8 Wes Hoolahan: One assist, one goal. Both crafted in unusual circumstances, but hugely influential.
7 Anthony Pilkington: Fine finish for the opening goal. Smart wing-play to set up Wes Hoolahan for the winner. In a rich vein of form.
6 Grant Holt: Will have relished Hoolahan’s return. Little in the way of genuine chances – in keeping with his redefined role.
Subs: Jonny Howson (for Hoolahan) 5, Steve Morison (for Holt) 5, Elliott Bennett (for Pilkington) 5
• Wigan Athletic
7 Ali Al Habsi: One first half spill aside, Wigan’s keeper single-handedly kept Latics in this contest.
6 Ronnie Stam: Tried to get forward during Norwich’s dominant first period. Question mark over positioning for match-winner.
4 Emmerson Boyce: Weak in the challenge with Wes Hoolahan for Norwich opener. No better dealing with Anthony Pilkington.
5 Adrian Lopez: Ball-playing centre back but appeared uncomfortable with the aerial threat of Grant Holt.
5 Maynor Figueroa: Beaten in the air by that towering Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan for the match-winning header. Poor.
5 Jean Beausejour: Dominated by Robert Snodgrass. Never got close enough to shut down his supply line.
5 James McCarthy: Growing reputation in the game but forced off at half-time after damaging ankle ligaments.
5 James McArthur: Tested Mark Bunn with one first-half strike. Improved with the arrival of Shaun Maloney.
5 Mauro Boselli: First Premier League start of the season. One glancing header at Bunn the sum total of his afternoon.
5 Jordi Gomez: Major thorn in the Canaries’ side in last season’s corresponding fixture. Anonymous this time.
6 Arouna Kone: Looks to have it all. Pace, power and directness but only sporadic flashes. Best opening in stoppage time.
Subs: David Jones (for McCarthy) 5, Shaun Maloney (for Gomez) 7, Franco Di Santo (for Boselli) 5