Monday, January 7, 2013
Player ratings for both Peterborough United and Norwich City following their FA Cup clash.
• Norwich City:
6 Declan Rudd: Concentration levels were his his biggest test. Right place at the right time in the 88th minute for his only stop.
7 Russell Martin: Fantastic appetite to get forward at will with City totally dominant. Profitable supply line down the right.
6 Leon Barnett: Bossed Danny Swanson before the Scot’s exit. Armchair shift for Barney.
6 Ryan Bennett: Sensed danger to make a crucial early block. Enjoyed time and space all afternoon to use his range of passing.
6 Marc Tierney: Looked very comfortable on his return to the senior ranks. Forged a good understanding with Simon Lappin.
8 Robert Snodgrass: Consistency of the highest order marks out his play at present. One assist, one goal, one free-kick near miss.
7 David Fox: Pass of the day to guide a long range effort onto Simeon Jackson’s chest for the second. Class act.
7 Bradley Johnson: Excellent foil for David Fox. Broke up play at will, despite the numerical disadvantage in those central areas.
6 Simon Lappin: The composed, calm display you come to expect whenever the Scot gets a rare chance to impress.
8 Elliott Bennett: May have given Chris Hughton a dilemma of the positive variety. Seamless transition infield. One goal, one assist.
7 Simeon Jackson: Carried on where he left off at Upton Park. Movement, work rate and the predatory instinct sharp as ever.
Subs: Jacob Butterfield (for Snodgrass) 6
• Peterborough United:
6 Bobby Olejnik: Two finger-tip saves to deny Elliott Bennett and Robert Snodgrass from range. No chance with the goals.
5 Craig Alcock: Hauled off after barely half-an-hour. No sign of an injury which tells you everything about what his boss thought.
5 Shaun Brisley: Misplaced pass was punished severely for Norwich’s third goal. Looked happier in the centre of a back three.
5 Nathaniel Knight-Percival: Sacrificed at the interval with the home side striving for a way back into the contest.
6 Mark Little: Showed plenty of energetic intent. Peterborough’s best outlet in the final quarter.
5 Kane Ferdinand: Never really edged his personal duel with Bradley Johnson, and Peterbrough suffered the consequences.
6 Michael Bostwick: Plenty of muscular intent. Left his mark on Simeon Jackson early. Toe-poked close range stab late on.
5 Joe Newell: Spurned what proved to be the hosts’ best chance inside the opening three minutes. Dallied too long.
6 Tommy Rowe: Skipper tried to lead by example. Still bombing forward in the closing stages.
6 George Boyd: Given a key role linking front to back. Undoubted ability but never really left his stamp on the cup-tie.
5 Danny Swanson: Non-existent before he got the hook. In his defence, too often isolated with Peterborough on the retreat.
Subs: Jaanai Gordon (for Alcock) 6, Nicky Ajose (for Knight-Percival) 6, Grant McCann (for Swanson) 5