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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

Mark Beevers of Bolton Wanderers denies Onel Hernandez of Norwich a  goalscoring opportunity during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Mark Beevers of Bolton Wanderers denies Onel Hernandez of Norwich a goalscoring opportunity during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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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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