City duo among league's bests

Norwich City's two flying wingers are among the best five players in the Coca Cola Championship according to the latest official statistics.As many Canaries fans have witnessed, Lee Croft and Darren Huckerby's fine starts to the campaign have seen them become two of the division's top performers.

Norwich City's two flying wingers are among the best five players in the Coca Cola Championship according to the latest official statistics.

As many Canaries fans have witnessed, Lee Croft and Darren Huckerby's fine starts to the campaign have seen them become two of the division's top performers.

The pair look to have benefited as much as anyone from Nigel Worthington's decision to play 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 and their play has helped move City to second in the league, and propelled them both into the top five of the official rankings.

And now according to the latest set of ratings by the Actim Index, Croft is now the third best player in the league and the top crosser.


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Meanwhile, Huckerby is the fifth best player in the Championship and the second best crosser after moving up from 148th in the rankings following his man of the match performance in the 5-1 demolition of Barnsley at Carrow Road last weekend.

Both men were in the Actim Index team of the week, alongside team-mate Carl Robinson, who is ranked 40th following his 25 yard volley in the same game, and although he did not make the team of the week, striker Robert Earnshaw who moved up an astonishing 148 places to 119th after his two goal salvo against the Tykes.

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But ex-Manchester City man, Croft, is leading the way for City, with a total of 63 passes, four shots on target, two goals and 36 crosses already this season to give him a total of 108 points.

Only slightly behind him, Huckerby, 30, has made 48 passes, completed 14 dribbles, 32 crosses and had six shots on target to earn 103 points.

The pair are trailing Cardiff City starlet Joe Ledley who is ranked as the best player in the league with 117 points, while surprisingly, veteran Plymouth Argyle striker Barry Hayles is in second with 116 points.

Croft and Huckerby sandwich another Cardiff player, one time City target Ricky Scimeca who is on 103 points, like Huckerby.

Other players in the top ten include Marc Richards of Barnsley, Gareth Bale of Southampton and Jobi McAnuff of Crystal Palace.

Overall, the Canaries have six players inside the top 100 of the Actim Index.

Skipper Adam Drury is in 27th, Paul Gallacher is in 38th and rated as the division's fourth best goalkeeper, while Jason Shackell is in 47th.

The Actim index ranks players according to statistics recorded at every single Championship game.

It is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player's contribution whether it is goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions or time on the pitch, while points are also deducted for yellow and red cards.

This season, two new calculations have been added to take into account player assists and 'keeper's clean sheets.

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