Speedy winger Hernandez couldn’t provide spark City needed at Wigan
Our latest Norwich City player watch followed the fortunes of winger Onel Hernandez during Sunday’s frustrating 1-1 draw at Wigan.
5 – Todd Cantwell drives forward and Marco Stiepermann spreads left, Hernandez cuts inside and exchanges a lovely one-two with Cantwell, crosses low with the shooting angle tight and Cantwell can’t make clean contact and Teemu Pukki’s effort is blocked at point-blank range.
9 – Kenny McLean heads a Reece James free-kick back out and Hernandez challenges James in the air but doesn’t win, Tim Krul claims bouncing ball.
12 – Moves infield to collect a pass from Jamal Lewis and is brought down by James, free-kick comes to nothing.
13 – Stiepermann superbly flicks a Tom Trybull pass out wide but Hernandez can’t quite control to push into space so plays safe and cuts back inside to find Stiepermann.
15 – Sets off on a run, Lewis misreads the situation and plays a pass down the wing and out of play.
17 – Charges wide to collect Lewis’s pass, robbed by Chey Dunkley but keeps working and blocks clearance behind for a goal-kick.
19 – Challenges Nathan Byrne and so nearly gets himself clear on the left but ball goes out for a throw.
25 – Makes a darting run across to the right to receive a long pass from McLean, home keeper Christian Walton only just about beats him to the ball, at the second attempt.
35 – Lewis nutmegs Gavin Massey to squeeze a pass to Hernandez, Byrne tries to see the ball out but the winger slides in to win the ball and Stiepermann can’t quite find Pukki in the box.
40 – Pushes forward and can’t get around Byrne, Stiepermann can’t keep the chance alive. City win back possession and Stiepermann sends the ball down the left, to Hernandez’s frustration, who had come short, but moments later the Cuban wins possession with a fine spin and attack before pulling a low shot wide of the left post.
46 – Good work from Pukki and Hernandez picks up possession on the left, holds off Byrne and Massey, plays back to Lewis and left-back’s cross doesn’t find Pukki.
47 – Turns insides and tries to weave goalwards but loses his footing on the edge of the box.
49 – Stiepermann wins possession and pushes forward, spreads left to Lewis, Hernandez hits a shot on the spin, which Walton saves well, and Pukki can’t scramble the ball in, with the keeper claiming.
55 – McLean does well to win the ball, Stiepermann steps over and Hernandez can tear away on the right, taken out by a combination of Byrne and James.
56 – Found in the box by Stiepermann, twists and turns trying to get a cross over from the left and goes down too easily under pressure from Dunkley, to boos from the home fans.
57 – Stiepermann nicely turns a Lewis cross on to the left, Hernandez runs at Byrne and is tackled easily.
65 – Flicks to Pukki in the box but the striker can’t keep possession and Wigan break.
67 – Found by Aarons on the right, wins a corner off Antonee Robinson but Wigan deal with it.
75 – Found by Lewis, turns Byrne and tries to play down the line but just gives the ball to Nick Powell.
79 – Mario Vrancic puts too much on a cross from the left, Hernandez keeps alive as he knocks back into the box but Pukki can’t reach.
85 – Hernandez found by Mo Leitner on the right, attacks but cross is cleared. Same soon after and cross is deflected behind.
87 – Screams in pain as caught by Fox late but okay to continue, whereas Fox has to go off after treatment.
90 – Leitner plays free-kick down the wing to Hernandez, he passes back to Vrancic, who dummies and weaves into the box and wins a corner.
Verdict: Provided a threat but a game where little of his work caused damage to the opposition, before fading in the second half. Kept going and didn’t do a lot wrong but not a particularly memorable day for the speedy winger.
Rating: 6 out of 10
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