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Monday, November 12, 2012
Player ratings for both Norwich City and Reading following their Premier League clash.
• 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
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