Norwich City v Reading: Player ratings

Norwich City players celebrate Ryan Bennett's opener. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Norwich City players celebrate Ryan Bennett's opener. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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

• Norwich City

6 Mark Bunn: Assured shift for the most part. Well-protected. Got a hand to Garath McCleary's swinging strike.

7 Russell Martin: Key assist for Norwich's match-winner. Leadership and bravery in possession.

6 Michael Turner: Forced off early with injury. The sudden drop in decibel levels told you everything about his value to the cause.

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7 Sebastien Bassong: Resilient in the final quarter. Fearsome warrior in the challenge. Solid foil for Ryan Bennett.

7 Javier Garrido: Slotted seamlessly back into the side. Tested Alex Mccarthy in a vibrant opening period. He was still attacking late on.

8 Elliott Bennett: Deserved his goal for a shift rich in selfless endeavour. Set the tone in the opening 20 minutes. Growing in stature.

7 Jonny Howson: Calm presence when reading were in control. May feel he could have subdued McCleary for Reading's goal.

6 Bradley Johnson: Neat and tidy in the main. Coughed up possession on a few occasions but a vital cog in the machine.

8 Robert Snodgrass: Ran himself to a standstill. Literally. Deliveries on set pieces were back to his best; as proved for the first goal.

8 Kei Kamara: Denied on at least three occasions by McCarthy. Pace, power and an impressive work ethic.

7 Grant Holt: Harassed Reading's centre backs. Heavily involved in both goals. Expertly took the sting out of the game late on.

Subs: Ryan Bennett (for Turner) 7, Anthony Pilkington (for Snodgrass) 5, Alex Tettey (for Elliott Bennett) 6

• Reading:

7 Alex McCarthy: Difficult one to assess given he was a one-man barrier at times but weak punch punished for second goal.

6 Chris Gunter: Went through Grant Holt early on and rightly cautioned. Precious little seen of his attacking instincts.

5 Sean Morrison: Dominated by the experience of Holt. Ranged forward for set plays, but well-policed.

5 Adrian Mariappa: Struggled with Kei Kamara's movement. Looked suspect aerially.

5 Stephen Kelly: Never had the answers to thwart Elliott Bennett, who raided at will.

7 Danny Guthrie: Most of Reading's best moves were sourced from the talented but enigmatic former Newcastle player.

6 Nick Blackman: Powerful athlete. Too often forced back towards his own goal.

6 Jem Karacan: Peripheral figure. Hassled out of it by City's two midfield terriers.

6 Jobi McAnuff: Tried to break forward and link with Pavel Pogrebnyak. Not a game he would remember with fondness.

7 Garath McCleary: Tormentor-in-chief for Norwich. Deserved his goal and went close in stoppage time with a bicycle kick.

6 Pavel Pogrebnyak: Too often an isolated figure. Skied a point blank chance over under pressure from Sebastien Bassong.