Newcastle United v Norwich City - Player ratings

The Norwich City wall does its job and blocks a free kick from Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye. Picture: Pa

The Norwich City wall does its job and blocks a free kick from Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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

• Norwich City:

6 John Ruddy: Fine stop from Shola Ameobi. Paid a big price for failing to deal decisively with his header.

5 Russell Martin: Out-muscled by the towering Ameobi on the second goal. Grew into it after a shaky start.

6 Michael Turner: Read the game well on occasions but struggled to keep tabs on Magpies' strikers.

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6 Ryan Bennett: Threat on set pieces. Created chance for Leroy Fer. Tough against an in-form strike pair.

6 Martin Olsson: Either by accident or instruction the attacking urges have been curbed of late.

7 Nathan Redmond: Tried to get City going in the final third. Assist for goal and some probing wide deliveries.

6 Bradley Johnson: Given plenty of responsibility in that screening role. Improved, along with the rest.

6 Jonny Howson: Found it tough going trying to probe in the midst of a dominant Newcastle midfield.

7 Leroy Fer: Deserved his goal for sheer persistence. Genuine weapon in the opposition penalty box.

5 Anthony Pilkington: Injury-hit season continues to be the dominant theme. Far-post header drifted off target.

6 Gary Hooper: Frustrated figure for most of the afternoon. Well-patrolled by Newcastle's centre-backs.

Subs: Wes Hoolahan (for Johnson) 5, Johan Elmander (for Pilkington) 6, Josh Murphy (for Redmond) 5

• Newcastle United:

6 Tim Krul: One or two moments of alarm in the first half. Largely a watching brief.

6 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa: Re-deployed at full-back and did not look out of place. Good tussle with Nathan Redmond.

6 Fabricio Coloccini: Brave block to sense the danger from Leroy Fer. Undisputed leader of the pack.

6 Mike Williamson: Never gave Gary Hooper much leeway, helped by City's fitful attacking endeavour.

6 Davide Santon: Steady influence. Less assured when Redmond switched flanks in the second half.

6 Moussa Sissoko: Deep cross for the decisive second. Spurned great chance to add a third before the break.

7 Cheick Tiote: Fuels the Newcastle engine room for the craftsmen to shine. Wayward shooting.

6 Yohan Cabaye: Fortunate to escape a booking early on. Sets the tempo, but tired as the game elapsed.

7 Yoan Gouffran: Was alive to the opportunity when John Ruddy spilled Shola Ameobi's header.

8 Shola Ameobi: Created the second and a menace throughout with his raw aggressive intent.

8 Loic Remy: Flourishing on Tyneside. First goal owed much to his predatory instincts.

Subs: Vurnon Anita (for Cabaye) 6, Hatem Ben Arfa (for Gouffran) 6, Papiss Cisse (for Shola Ameobi) 6

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