Norwich City player ratings after a satisfying away win at Cardiff

Yanic Wildschut battles with Cardiff defender Matthew Connolly. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

Yanic Wildschut battles with Cardiff defender Matthew Connolly. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City writer David Freezer has posted his marks following yesterday's 1-0 Championship victory at Cardiff City.

Canaries fans have been voting since the final whistle at the Cardiff City Stadium and this is David's verdict on how Alex Neil's players performed in South Wales.

John Ruddy: Nothing too spectacular but dealt confidently with regular crosses and set-pieces into the box, before crucial save from Craig Noone with five minutes remaining. Seven clean sheets in 17 games this season. 7.5

Ivo Pinto: Spirited as ever but struggled to keep up with pace and trickery of Junior Hoilett. Stuck to his task but bailed out by Jacob Murphy in 79th minute when beaten by Kadeem Harris. 6.5

Russell Martin: City skipper looks settled alongside Klose. Kenneth Zohore climbed above him to head at Ruddy early but closed down Harris enough to prevent the winger having an easy finish following Ruddy's late save from Noone. 7.0


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Timm Klose: In determined mood, heading anything that moved, including Aron Gunnarsson's dangerous long throws. Has learned from early struggles in the Championship and now relishing the fight. Man of the match. 8.0

Mitchell Dijks: An impressive debut full of power and pace. Height alongside Klose formed an effective left side. Looked a little lost as he tired during frenetic finish but understandable given lack of recent matches. 7.5

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Alex Tettey: Battled as hard as ever but picked up his 10th yellow card of the season with a late and unnecessary tackle on Jazz Richards which now rules him out for two games. 6.5

Jonny Howson: Grafted in a match with little passing in midfield. Lucky not to be booked for late foul on Richards but did see yellow when taking one for the team, bringing down Zohore as he broke through. 7.0

Jacob Murphy: Sluggish start but grew into the game, firing wide after one surge on the right. Ball control let him down at times but good defensive work to cover for Pinto and tackle Harris late on. 6.5

Wes Hoolahan: Not a game suited to the Irishman's talents but stuck to his task and made some decent tackles. Nice link-up with Howson in move which led to free-kick, which he delivered nicely for Cameron Jerome to head home. 6.5

Yanic Wildschut: Plenty of willing on debut but not quite on the same wavelength as Hoolahan and Jerome, understandably given he signed four days earlier. Glimpses of pace and power which will shine through. 6.5

Cameron Jerome: In the thick of the action. Two frustrating offsides and a strop early on but persisted and brought good saves from Allan McGregor either side of his goal, winning his header through pure determination. Booked. 7.5

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Josh Murphy (for Wildschut, 70) 6.5

Nelson Oliveira (for Jacob Murphy) 6.0

Ryan Bennett (for Hoolahan, 88) n/a

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