Monday, December 24, 2012
Player ratings for both Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City:
5 Mark Bunn: Excellent first half stop from Romelu Lukaku. Failed to deal with Chris Brunt’s cross for the equaliser.
6 Steven Whittaker: Useful attacking foil for Robert Snodgrass during first period. Hip injury is a worry for the festive period.
6 Michael Turner: Must share collective responsibility for allowing Lukaku to escape. Spurned inviting headed chance.
6 Sebastien Bassong: Likewise, left Lukaku to isolate Javier Garrido. Otherwise, went toe-to-toe with the Belgian powerhouse
5 Javier Garrido: Exposed aerially by Lukaku for the match-winner. Not the first, won’t be the last.
7 Alex Tettey: One mis-placed pass aside that earned Michael Turner a booking, another all-action shift.
6 Bradley Johnson: Shows no signs of running out of steam. Glancing stoppage time header almost salvaged a point.
8 Robert Snodgrass: Deadly at set pieces. Stockpiling the goals and assists. Norwich’s star performer in recent weeks.
6 Wes Hoolahan: Will have felt Grant Holt’s absence more keenly than most. Struggled to leave a lasting impression.
6 Anthony Pilkington: Late cross for Simeon Jackson was a rare glimpse of the attacking potency of recent weeks. Defensively disciplined.
5 Steve Morison: Failed to grab his chance to shine in captain’s absence. Indecision proved fatal with only clear-cut sighter.
Subs: Russell Martin (for Whittaker) 5, Jonny Howson (for Hoolahan) 5, Simeon Jackson (for Tettey) 5
• West Bromwich Albion:
5 Ben Foster: Keeper of his pedigree will feel he let Norwich’s opener through his grasp. Questionable distribution.
6 Billy Jones: Good battle with Anthony Pilkington. Tried to get forward in support.
6 Gareth McAuley: Saving block to foil Steve Morison in the second period. Miscued a header at the other end.
7 Jonas Olsson: Attacked Chris Brunt’s corner for Albion’s equaliser. The leader of the home defence. Classy, unflustered.
7 Goran Popov: Clearly a home fans’ favourite. Never far from the action. Inadvertent assist for the equaliser and the winner.
7 Chris Brunt: West Brom’s ‘go-to’ man on the set pieces. Crafted the equaliser and a later chance for Gareth McAuley.
5 Graham Dorrans: Never really got on the ball enough in a deeper-lying central midfield role. No surprise he was hooked.
6 Zoltan Gera: Sharp instincts to react quickest to rifle West Brom level. Wasteful in possession on occasion.
6 James Morrison: Under-rated performer but not one of his more eyecatching outings. Wellmarshalled by City midfield.
6 Peter Odemwingie: Perhaps not as effective deployed in a wider role. Brought down Robert Snodgrass for City’s opener.
8 Romelu Lukaku: Athletic leap for the headed match-winner capped a vibrant display. Constant threat to City’s backline.
Subs: Marc-Antoine Fortune (for Dorrans) 6, Shane Long (for Gera) 6, Gabriel Tamas (for Lukaku) 6