Hernandez shakes off nervy start to full Canaries debut to show flashes of attacking potential
PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 25 February 2018
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Our latest Norwich City player watch followed the fortunes of winger Onel Hernandez as the Cuban made his full debut during Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Bolton. Here’s how his match unfolded...
2 – Tries to hold up ball forward from Alex Tettey but out-muscled by Mark Beevers midway in the Bolton half.
12 – James Maddison knocks a ball into the box but Hernandez can’t beat Alnwick. Soon after pulls off a few stepovers but doesn’t try to beat Beevers on the right and move breaks down Daniel Farke isn’t happy and calls him over for a pep talk.
15 – Intercepts loose Reece Burke pass in City’s half but over-hits pass, James Maddison and Nelson Oliveira can’t reach and Bolton counter to win a corner.
20 – Exchanges a nice one-two with Maddison, who is fouled by David Wheater.
25 – Darts forward but Jamal Lewis’s pass is cut out by Wheater, then Leitner gets him through but offside.
30 – Shifts on Josh Murphy’s pass to Oliveira, who plays Murphy in but Wheater makes a goal-saving tackle.
42 – Murphy slips the Cuban into the right channel, he pulls a low ball across, Oliveira misses and Filipe Morais blocks a Maddison shot.
43 – Oliveira back-heel but Hernandez can’t beat Beevers. Soon after one-two with Leitner on the edge of the box doesn’t work out.
44 – Good tenacity to stop Antonee Robinson clearing and wins a corner.
57 – Nice back-heel to keep Murphy’s move alive but Lewis can’t get a shot away on the edge of the box.
66 – Another back-heel but can’t quite complete one-two with Maddison.
68 – Just can’t get a shot away after being played into the box by Maddison.
77 – Replaced by Dennis Srbeny
Verdict: The 25-year-old Cuban winger looked nervous during the early stages of his full debut but grew into the game and became a useful attacking outlet, before tiring and drifting out to the fringes.
Rating: 6 out of 10
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