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Norwich City v Newcastle United - Player ratings

13:58 14 January 2013

Alex Tettey battles Newcastle

Alex Tettey battles Newcastle's James Perch for the ball. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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

• Norwich City:

6 Mark Bunn: Valuable clean sheet after City’s recent patchy run. Secure handling and routine saves when required.

7 Russell Martin: Ranged forward to clip the outside of Tim Krul’s post in a second period, when he was firmly on the front foot.

7 Michael Turner: Read the play admirably to intercept at source on numerous occasions when Newcastle did threaten.

6 Sebastien Bassong: Early aberration aside, dominated Papiss Cisse. Strong and powerful in the air.

6 Javier Garrido: In a game that valued defensive discipline, the full-back proved a profitable attacking outlet.

7 Alex Tettey: Distribution at times in the second period was a touch erratic, but a force for good in that destructive role.

7 Bradley Johnson: This was his game alongside Alex Tettey in the trenches. One or two incursions around the visiting area.

6 Robert Snodgrass: Typical high energy offering but clearly identified by the visitors as the main man. Double-teamed.

6 Wes Hoolahan: Dallied when through in the first half. Dropping deeper in search of work lessened his attacking effectiveness.

7 Anthony Pilkington: Tested Krul from close range. Relished the battle within a battle against French debutant Mathieu Debuchy.

5 Simeon Jackson: Neat link up play at times but too ofen isolated against Newcastle’s centre backs.

Subs: Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5, Grant Holt (for Jackson) 6

• Newcastle United:

Tim Krul: Highly-rated and showed why. Redundant for long spells but reacted superbly to thwart Anthony Pilkington.

Mathieu Debuchy: Clearly has the pedigree but struggled with the pace at times and the trickery of Pilkington.

Mike Williamson: uncomplicated centre back. Grant Holt’s absence until the closing stages made his life somewhat easier.

Fabricio Coloccini: The returning captain made his presence felt. Technically-gifted but savours the physical tussles.

Davide Santon: Could rely on plenty of back-up to deal with the real threat of Robert Snodgrass. Largely successful plan.

James Perch: Athletic presence in that key central battleground. Almost a personal mission to try and halt Wes Hoolahan.

Vernon Anita: Neat and tidy. The fulcrum of Newcastle’s midfield. Slight frame belies his toughness.

Gabriel Obertan: One instinctive half-volley was parried by Mark Bunn. Offered only intermittent service down the right.

Sylvain Marveaux: Looked a skilful operator whenever Newcastle could work the ball into his path.

Jonas Gutierrez: Sacrificed a lot of his attacking instincts to help Davide Santon patrol Snodgrass.

Papiss Cisse: Suffered a similar fate to Simeon Jackson. Plenty of endeavour but outnumbered.

Subs: Yohan Cabaye (for Obertan) 6, Gael Bigirimana (for Anita) 5


  • Poor old Cinnamon, only a 5. What chance did he have to shine? It must be demoralising for him to play in that formation.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • No doubt on the Els & Holt issue. Is Holty fully fit? Pilks does need a rest. I suppose we`d all get a bit complacent on football players` pay!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • That`s just a touch of "Naarfolk Parochial", waclor. Or incompetent journalism?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Kevin - agree completely - at the moment. Pilks needs a rest - as do some of the others. I think it showed in Saturday's performance. It's time for Foxie and Elliot (especially) to start a match. I love what Chris Hughton has done with what he's done for us so far (honestly - who can complain?), but I think some squad rotation will bring back a sense of urgency to some who I think are getting a bit complacent.

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    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • 5 for Jackson was generous - but not his fault...needed Fox to pick him out rather than playing aimless balls up in his direction..Pilkington 7? I must have been watching a different game - can't cross the ball to save his life - so what is the point in being able to beat a defender if you do nothing afterwards? Would prefer Elliot Bennett - came on beat defender put the ball on Holts head...we would most likely have won the game if both these players had been on the pich earlier...

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    kevin rymell

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • What happened to the ratings for the Newcastle team? Did they all get zero?

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    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Naarfolk Parochialism, maybe? Couldn`t be journalistic ineptitude. Could it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Time to change things around. Rest players. Wes to start games and be replaced by Fox for example. (Not sure we can play both). Play Elliott Bennett. Concerned over Holt's long-term fitness. Striker clearly needed but it is easier said than done to get the right man in during the January window. After the tough Liverpool and Spurs fixtures the majority of games coming up are ones where there is a good chance of getting one or three points. Just two games left of a tough run of fixtures.

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