Aston Villa v Norwich City: Player ratings

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Aston Villa following their Premier League clash.

• Norwich City

7 John Ruddy: No chance with Christian Benteke's strike. Denied the Belgian after the interval. Excellent handling all game.


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6 Russell Martin: Forced to retire early at the interval with a back spasm. Linked well with Elliott Bennett in the early phase.

7 Michael Turner: Left Benteke unguarded, by his own admission, but what a way to make amends. Fantastic late header.

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7 Sebastien Bassong: Saw plenty of the ball second half after Villa went down to 10 men. Edged his duel with Gabriel Agbonlahor.

6 Javier Garrido: Some erratic decision-making late on earned him the wrath of his manager. Probing diagonal crosses at the death.

6 Alex Tettey: Kept the attacking instincts largely under wraps. Disciplined shift.

6 Bradley Johnson: Failed to scale the heights of the previous week. Sacrificed when Villa went down to 10 men.

7 Elliott Bennett: Major presence in the opening period. Dominated Joe Bennett. Constant threat.

8 Wes Hoolahan: Topped his Arsenal shift; and that was excellent. One key assist. Numerous others and twice foiled by Brad Guzan.

6 Anthony Pilkington: City tended to probe largely down the opposite flank. Teed up Wes Hoolahan with a clever first time inside pass.

6 Grant Holt: Clever flick serviced Wes Hoolahan. Will feel he should have added to his growing goal tally in the second half.

Subs: Ryan Bennett (for Martin) 6, Robert Snodgrass (for E Bennett) 6, Steve Morison (for Johnson) 6

• Aston Villa

8 Brad Guzan: Denied Wes Hoolahan twice and Grant Holt. Far too busy for his or his manager's liking you suspect.

6 Matthew Lowton: Targeted more when Villa went down to 10. up to that point was keeping tabs on Anthony Pilkington.

6 Chris Herd: Lucky lad to stay on the pitch after a hack on Wes Hoolahan went unpunished. Looks a leader for Villa.

6 Ron Vlaar: Fortunate to escape with a shove on Elliott Bennett; liked the aerial battle with Holt but less assured on the deck.

4 Joe Bennett: Foolish tug back on Elliott Bennett after a similarly rash episode before the interval. But only partially punished.

6 Marc Albrighton: Lacked the sustained clinical intent required in the final third.

6 Karim El Ahmadi: Villa's midfield playmaker but largely on the fringes. Only sporadically influenced the play. Outshone by Wes.

5 Fabian Delph: unquestioned ability but looked lightweight in that congested central area.

7 Brett Holman: Cracking vision and ability to thread a pass for Christian Benteke's opener. Energetic presence on the left.

5 Gabriel Agbonlahor: Thankfully, deployed centrally and nowhere near as effective as last season's corresponding fixture.

7 Christian Benteke: Major handful all afternoon. Raw power but took his goal coolly. Denied by Ruddy early in the second period.

Darren Bent (for Benteke) 5, Andreas Weimann (for Holman) 5, Eric Lichaj (for Agbonlahor) 5

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