Newcastle United v Norwich City: Player ratings

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Newcastle United following their Premier League clash.

• Norwich City

7 John Ruddy: Has to be the leading contender for player-of-the season. Two more great stops for the collection.


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6 Kyle Naughton: Failed to cut out Jonas Gutierrez's cross for the goal. Suspect in the first period. Needed more support.

6 Elliott Ward: Skipper for the day. Had his hands full. Rocky early on but grew into the contest.

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6 Zak Whitbread: Second best to Papiss Cisse on the goal. Came back strongly as the game wore on.

6 Adam Drury: In the wars at times. Took Hatem Ben Arfa back to school. Still going strong in final stages.

7 Elliott Bennett: Relished the match up with Gutierrez. Won that battle hands down. Great second half cross for Zak Whitbread.

7 David Fox: Really got Norwich on the front foot early in the second half. The key midfield performer at that stage.

6 Andrew Surman: Linked with Fox and Johnny Howson but only offered a fleeting threat on Newcastle goal.

6 Anthony Pilkington: Tested Krul in the first period. May feel he should have done better with angled strike in the second.

7 Jonny Howson: One fearsome strike over the bar in the first period. Looked bright and lively but faded a touch after the interval.

5 Steve Morison: Weak shot at Krul in the final stages typified his shift. Difficult role up top but has performed it much better.

Subs: Grant Holt (for Howson) 5, Wes Hoolahan (for Drury) 5, Russell Martin (for Pilkington) 5

• Newcastle United

7 Tim Krul: Sign of a quality keeper. Two key moments. Two excellent stops to foil Norwich inside a second half minute.

6 Danny Simpson: Solid and reliable. Offered little going forward.

6 Fabricio Coloccini: Far more reliable than centre back partner Mike Williamson. Nullified City at set pieces.

5 Mike Williamson: First half lapse in concentration typfied his afternoon. Not a fans' favourite it seems.

6 Jonas Gutierrez: Mixed bag from the Argentinian makeshift defender. Sublime at times in attack. Suspect in defence.

5 Hatem Ben Arfa: Anonymous. Poor follow up to his brilliant strike at Arsenal during the previous week.

6 Danny Guthrie: Steady presence but struggled when City put the extra man to better use.

6 James Perch: Combative in the early exchanges. Versatile member of Alan Pardew's squad after a defensive shift in Norfolk.

6 Yohan Cabaye: Played out of position. Never able to impose himself in the centre of the park. Visonary passer at his best.

7 Demba Ba: Just in one of those runs at present. Denied by John Ruddy's fingertips. Good battle with City's defence.

7 Papiss Cisse: Brilliant instinctive finish for the match-winner. But given time one-on-one with Ruddy he was found wanting.

Subs: Davide Santon (for Ben Arfa) 6, Shola Ameobi (for Cisse) 6, Dan Gosling (for Guthrie) 5

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