Reading v Norwich City: Player ratings

Norwich City players block a free kick from Reading's Nicky Shorey. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Norwich City players block a free kick from Reading's Nicky Shorey. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, November 12, 2012
10:49 AM

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

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• Norwich City

6 John Ruddy: Watching brief for most of the day. Positioning spot on to thwart Garath McCleary in the first half.

7 Steven Whittaker: Classy operator. Knows what the job entails defensively. Showed a willingness to get forward.

7 Michael Turner: Put his body on the line against Jason Roberts. Heavyweight contest you could declare a draw.

6 Sebastien Bassong: Tendency to over play in dangerous areas was again evident. Remains a quality foil for Michael Turner.

6 Javier Garrido: Disciplined. Shackles were off in the final quarter. Superb dipping late cross for Grant Holt’s headed chance.

6 Alex Tettey: City needed his energy to nullify Reading’s young midfield. Still bombing on deep in stoppage time.

6 Bradley Johnson: Bypassed a touch with Reading’s penchant for the long balls down the channels. Wayward late shot.

6 Robert Snodgrass: One or two flashes of quality on the ball, but safe to say this was not his favourite type of encounter.

6 Wes Hoolahan: Reading swarmed around the Irishman first half. Grew in influence with City’s more potent counter thrusts.

6 Anthony Pilkington: Too easily brushed aside by McCleary for the one real chance of note. Prominent in the final quarter.

6 Grant Holt: Little in the way of support or service first half. Kaspars Gorkks denied him with the faintest of deflections.

Subs: Steve Morison (for Holt) 5, Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5

• Reading

6 Adam Federici: Reading’s stand-in was never really tested. Credit to the men in front and Norwich’s lacklustre attacking instincts.

6 Chris Gunter: Committed. Emerged with the ball from one X-rated second half tackle involving Bradley Johnson.

7 Sean Morrison: Young man with a big future on the evidence of his home Premier League debut. Never left Grant Holt’s side.

7 Kaspars Gorkss: Experienced ally for Sean Morrison. Slightest touch denied Holt a golden late second half chance.

7 Nicky Shorey: Never had much pace to start with, but the former England defender’s delivery appears a key weapon.

6 Garath McCleary: Tested John Ruddy with a venomous first half hit. Little else. Jimmy Kebe far more effective when introduced.

6 Mikele Leigertwood: Good appetite for work. One smack over the bar on the hour mark. Reading need more from him.

6 Jay Tabb: Has ability but Reading’s approach made it difficult to get on the ball and dictate the tempo.

6 Jobi McAnuff: Largely a peripheral figure until a swerving second half strike. The only time he escaped Steven Whittaker.

7 Jason Roberts: Power and raw aggressive intent tested Norwich’s centre backs all afternoon. nightmare to play against.

6 Noel Hunt: Looked busy in the early skirmishes trying to feed off the scraps from Jason Roberts.

Subs: Jimmy Kebe (for McCleary) 7, Adam Le Fondre (for Roberts) 5, Pavel Pogrebnyak (for Hunt) 6

1 comment

  • I like Pilks but he was worse than a 6 that day!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 12, 2012

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