Norwich City v Aston Villa: Player ratings

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Aston Villa following their Premier League clash.

• Norwich City:

8 John Ruddy: Quiet shift for long spells. Two superb stops from Eric Lichaj and Gabriel Agbonlahor.


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7 Kyle Naughton: Great engine. Has now built up a fantastic understanding with Elliott Bennett.

7 Ryan Bennett: Looks so assured alongside Russell Martin, although Villa offered little in attack.

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7 Russell Martin: Mr Consistency throughout the campaign. Seems even more accomplished at this level as a centre half.

7 Simon Lappin: Measured in defence and attack again. Went close with a first half free kick. Remarkable professional.

7 Bradley Johnson: Enjoyed greater attacking freedom in light of Villa's weak midfield. Key assist for the first Norwich goal.

8 Elliott Bennett: Fine way to finish an impressive campaign. Constant menace down the right flank.

7 Jonny Howson: Tested Shay Given during City's first half dominance. Great link man to the front boys.

7 Wes Hoolahan: Spurned a decent second half chance. Came more and more into the game as Villa tired.

8 Grant Holt: Too clever for Chris Herd on the opening goal. Pressured Carlos Cuellar for the second.

8 Simeon Jackson: Fouled for the opening goal. Razor-sharp instincts for the second. Canadian continues to flourish in the big league.

Subs: Aaron Wilbraham (for Jackson) 6, Steve Morison (for Holt) 6, Andrew Crofts (for Howson) 6

• Aston Villa:

8 Shay Given: One man barricade at times. Republic of Ireland international is still a class operator.

5 Carlos Cuellar: Not the way he would have wanted to bow out. Poor error of judgement for the second goal.

6 James Collins: Second best in his duel with rant Holt. Laboured throughout.

6 Richard Dunne: No lack of effort but still looks short of match fitness after recent injury lay-off.

5 Eric Lichaj: Exposed periodically in the first period. Brought an excellent save from John Ruddy.

6 Ciaran Clark: Youngster struggled to impose himself against City's experienced midfield.

6 Chris Herd: Looked a player at Villa Park in November alongside Stiliyan Petrov. Needs that guiding hand on this display.

6 Stephen Warnock: Quality on his day. This wasn't it. Seems much better when deployed at left-back.

7 Stephen Ireland: Tried to spark Villa during their fleeting moments threatening Ruddy's goal.

6 Gabriel Agbonlahor: Produced one superb strike that Ruddy pushed onto the far post. Otherwise anonymous.

6 Emile Heskey: Unable to sign off with a goalscoring flourish. Minimal impact.

Barry Bannan (for Herd) 5, Gary Gardner (for Cuellar) 5, Nathan Baker (for Warnock) 5

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