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Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 7-1 Championship cruise

PUBLISHED: 15:30 09 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 April 2017

Alex Pritchard struck twice in Norwich City's 7-1 Championship win against Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Pritchard struck twice in Norwich City's 7-1 Championship win against Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries' seven star showing against Reading.

City fans have been voting since the final whistle and this is Paddy’s verdict.

• John Ruddy

Best seat in the house for the big man as the carnage unfolded. Fine parry from Lewis Grabban but Yann Kermorgant reacted quickest to inflict the only blemish. 7.0

• Ivo Pinto

Back after suspension. One of the few in a defensive unit you would say is a vital component for next season’s re-build 7.0

• Russell Martin

Raw emotion poured out after his goal. Partly as a mark of respect to loyal club servant, Peter Oldfield, who died recently. Partly a release after fresh criticism following the Huddersfield debacle. 8.0

• Timm Klose

His type of contest. City dominant, on the front foot and no need to test his vulnerability against an opponent without that physical threat. 7.0

• Mitchell Dijks

Looked like a man keen to impress after a three-game ban. Thumping header cannoned off the Reading bar. 7.0

• Jonny Howson

Ranged forward to test Ali Al-Habsi in the sequence that led to a third-minute penalty. Also pinched the ball back for Alex Pritchard’s second. 7.5

• Alex Tettey

No need for his unique brand of fire-fighting skills. Reading’s early threat in central midfield subsided alarmingly. 7.0

• Jacob Murphy

Assist of sorts for Wes Hoolahan’s opener. Will have left the field hugely frustrated not to add his name to the lengthy goal list. Al-Habsi clawed one effort off the line. 7.0

• Alex Pritchard

Two instinctive finishes. One left foot, one right foot. Absolutely key figure in the forward planning to come. He must remain at Carrow Road this summer. 8.5

• Wes Hoolahan

Another memorable game for the Dubliner. His brace brought up 50 City goals for the club he joined back in 2008. The first salvo was triggered by his vision and cushioned reverse ball for Jacob Murphy. 8.0

• Nelson Oliveira

Earned and then converted the penalty. Had Al-Habsi beaten all ends up later on in the opening period but his shot drifted wide. Mobile target. Another of this season’s plus points. 8.0

City substitutes

• Josh Murphy n/a

Assist for Cameron Jerome’s goal.

(for Alex Pritchard, 81)

• Steven Naismith n/a

(for Wes Hoolahan, 87)

• Cameron Jerome n/a

Late cameo, late goal.

(for Nelson Oliveira, 87)

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