Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 1-0 Championship win against Birmingham City

Marco Stiepermann challenges Birmingham dangerman Jota at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focu

Marco Stiepermann challenges Birmingham dangerman Jota at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries' 1-0 win over Birmingham City


Norwich City fans have been voting since the final whistle and here is Paddy's verdict on Daniel Farke's troops after a hard-fought victory against Harry Redknapp's Blues.

• Angus Gunn

After the carnage of Aston Villa and Millwall some much-needed respite. Largely redundant in terms of shot-stopping work. Long may that continue. 7.0

• Ivo Pinto

Captain and leader. Aggressive defensively and plenty of his usual counter-attacking urges. Kept Nelson Oliveira in check as well with a quiet word or two when the City talisman threatened to boil over following what he felt was some rough treatment from the Blues' backline. 7.5

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• Timm Klose

This is the standard now. Spoke afterwards about what it takes in the Championship and how far short he was last season. The same accusations will not be levelled if he maintains such defensive dominance. Key role as well for the match-winning goal. 8.0

• Christoph Zimmermann

Caught out positionally on a few occasions but whole-hearted and total commitment to throw his body in the line of fire. 7.5

• Marco Stiepermann

Still looks a reluctant defensive full-back but solid and growing into the English game. 7.0

• Alex Tettey

You know what you get. And City badly lacked his defensive instincts and combative streak in recent away games. Only question mark now is his ability to churn out the games every few days and handle the physical toll on his body. 7.5

• Tom Trybull

Very encouraging full debut. Tired inevitably later on but injected some composure into a new central midfield pairing that may become a key axis from here. 7.5

• Josh Murphy

Vital cog in a counter-attacking strategy. Lacked a touch of calmness when he did fashion shooting opportunities. 7.5

• James Maddison

Continues to keep out the likes of Steven Naismith and Wes Hoolahan on a week to week basis, which in itself is a measure of his progress. 7.0

• Mario Vrancic

Classy operator when given time to get his head up and pick a pass. One gorgeous slide rule ball for Oliveira. But second half exit was the right call from Daniel Farke, with City's midfield coming under pressure. 7.0

• Nelson Oliveira

Sniffed a goal and showed his hunger to slot at the far post. Full of confidence after his international exploits. Could have had many more and never stopped running the channels. 8.0

City substitutes

• Yanic Wildschut

Pace and thrust on the counter was a useful commodity in the final quarter. 7.0

(for Mario Vrancic, 67)

• James Husband

(for Josh Murphy, 90)

• Grant Hanley

(for James Maddison, 90+3)

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