David Freezer’s player ratings following Norwich City’s 1-1 stalemate with Preston

Nelson Oliveira struggled to make an impact against Preston.
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

Nelson Oliveira struggled to make an impact against Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Our Norwich City correspondent David Freezer has posted his marks for the Canaries players following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Preston at Carrow Road.

Angus Gunn

Some alert work to beat Tom Barthuizen to a through-ball, decent save from bouncing long-range shot from Paul Gallagher and brave block when Barkhuizen was clean through again deep into injury-time. 6.5

Ivo Pinto

Kept busy by Callum Robinson throughout the game and would have been relieved to see Calum Woods waste headed chance from the winger's cross from his side. Wasn't able to make as much progress going forward as usual. 6

Christoph Zimmermann

Relieved to see Gunn hold his early header backwards, some fine blocks during a busy shift but blotted his copybook with poor decision to try and let the ball run out of play, being robbed by Jordan Hugill, leading to the corner from which Preston equalised. 6.5

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Grant Hanley

Bushy shift, two goal-saving blocks bailed out both Zimmermann and Oliveira as he strained to deny Preston, with the hosts spending plenty of the game on the back foot, His third successive start and now probably the first centre-back on the team-sheet but should also have scored. 7

Marco Stiepermann

Doesn't look happy at left-back, uncertain positioning makes him vulnerable. Keen to get forward but largely a peripheral figure on this occasion. 6

Harrison Reed

Battled hard, plenty of tenacious snapping at opponents' heels again and kept going despite looking set to be replaced by Yanic Wildschut on 60 minutes. Kept going for another 15 minutes, having had a late fitness test on a foot issue. 6.5

Mario Vrancic

Wasted two good opportunities to cross from wide free-kicks in the opening 20 minutes, both headed away easily by Preston defenders. Off the pace again, providing more ammunition for his doubters. 5

Wes Hoolahan

Brightest performance in a while from the Irish veteran. Looked hungry, linking well with James Maddison, winning the free-kick from which the youngster. Denied by a fine Ben Davies tackle after Maddison tried to return the favour. 6.5

James Maddison

Superb free-kick and yet again City's main creative force, also teeing up Hoolahan for fine chance. Some classy touches as his value continues to rise, having celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday. 7

Josh Murphy

Inexplicable miss at 0-0 after beating Preston keeper Maxwell to Hoolahan's pass, which highlighted recent indecision and lack of confidence. Also fired a good chance against a visiting defender after Hoolahan's shot was blocked early in the second half. 5.5

Nelson Oliveira

Three games into his return to fitness the Portuguese striker still looks rusty. Twice lost possession trying to execute unnecessary skill, allowing Preston to counter, needs to spend more time in the penalty area. 5

Substitutes

Alex Pritchard (for Reed, 76)

Tested Maxwell with a decent effort soon after coming on but otherwise finding his feet on return from injury. 6.5

Yanic Wildschut (for Murphy, 76)

Created a bit of havoc as usual but rarely looks in control of the ball as he charges at opposition players. 6

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