Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 2-1 Championship defeat to QPR

Norwich City slipped to a fourth consecutive Championship defeat at QPR. Picture by Paul Chesterton/

Norwich City slipped to a fourth consecutive Championship defeat at QPR. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries' fourth straight league defeat.

City fans have been voting since the final whistle and this is Paddy's verdict on Alex Neil's troops.

• John Ruddy

Questionable call in opting to stay on his line and rely on the men in front to deal with the deep throw that led to QPR's early penalty and Martin Olsson's red card. Excellent parry from Sebastian Polter after the interval. 5.5


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• Russell Martin

Some last-ditch clearances at the far-post. Increasingly over-run in the second-half. 5.5

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• Ryan Bennett

Allowed Polter to race clear to slot QPR's second goal. 5.5

• Seb Bassong

Beaten in the air by Polter for the first QPR goal. Then equally culpable alongside Ryan Bennett in failing to track his run down the channel for the second goal. 5.0

• Martin Olsson

Shift lasted precisely 40 seconds of actual playing time. Referee took a dim view of his desperate attempt to keep out a bouncing ball with every available part of his body as he sprawled across his own line. n/a

• Alex Tettey

Too many fires to put out. Too much ground to cover in a central midfield pairing which is simply no longer working efficiently. Poor in possession and now lacking the bite to his ratting work without the ball. 5.5

• Graham Dorrans

No argument with the work-rate but any chance of Norwich dominanting the ball and Dorrans setting the tempo ended abruptly with Martin Olsson's red card. 5.5

• Jacob Murphy

Best outing for a while. Slammed a curling long range shot against the top of the bar in a rare moment of attacking intent from the visitors and picked out Steven Naismith for his headed goal. 6.5

• Steven Naismith

Flicked away Jacob Murphy's cross for his late goal but another who had to limit any real attempt at creative output to offering ballast in a wider midfield role, once Norwich were reduced to 10 men. 6.0

• Robbie Brady

Deputised for Martin Olsson. Failed to anticipate the flight of Sebastian Polter's header as Conor Washington swept a corner away from close range. Prominent in the final quarter with QPR retreating ever deeper. 5.5

• Nelson Oliveira

First Championship start. Tried to hold up the ball. Decent focal point in the first-half but starved of any genuine service or support for long spells as City tried to erect two barriers without the ball to compensate for their numerical disadvantage. 6.5

City substitutes

• Cameron Jerome 5.0

Won the ball back that led to Norwich's goal. His pace and willingness to run the channels may have proved a better bet once the game tilted on its axis following Martin Olsson's dismissal.

(for Nelson Oliveira, 75)

• Josh Murphy n/a

(for Jacob Murphy, 88)

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