Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 2-0 Premier League defeat at West Ham

PUBLISHED: 11:08 01 September 2019 | UPDATED: 12:18 01 September 2019

Tim Krul congratulates Norwich City captain Christoph Zimmermann after his sliding block foils Felipe Anderson. Krul would be needed in a one-sided final quarter 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tim Krul congratulates Norwich City captain Christoph Zimmermann after his sliding block foils Felipe Anderson. Krul would be needed in a one-sided final quarter Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Group Football Editor Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries' 2-0 Premier League reverse.

Here is Paddy's verdict on Daniel Farke's troops, who had to contend with one major contentious decision and West Ham's attacking arsenal.

- Tim Krul

Pick of the bunch in a one-sided final quarter was the one-handed parry to foil Manuel Lanzini. Far too busy for the Canaries' liking. The same as at Liverpool, although Farke insisted afterwards that was because City had to risk everything. 8

- Max Aarons

A split second too slow to anticipate Arthur Masuaku's dart into his channel for the opening goal. That is all it takes at this level. But on the flip side one of City's best attacking outlets. Fine run and driven cross a fraction too high for Todd Cantwell. 6

- Christoph Zimmermann

First Premier League appearance was memorable for all the wrong reasons, albeit there was a wonderful full stretch block to deny Felipe Anderson. On the end of a terrible Sebastien Haller challenge which prevented him repeating the trick to stop Masuaku. Now we await the injury prognosis. 6

- Ben Godfrey

Haller's movement and anticipation too quick for the opening goal. Literally the last line along with Ibrahim Amadou as wave after wave kept coming. Captained the side again once Zimmermann departed. Growing up fast. 6

- Jamal Lewis

Scrambling to get back into position when West Ham countered on a couple of occasions. One gorgeous whipped cross along the six yard box was begging to be finished. 6

- Tom Trybull

Second best again in that midfield area up against Declan Rice and Mark Noble. Brushed off the ball far too easily as West Ham drove forward at times. What you would say in defence of City's midfield axis is the desire to get both full backs wide and up the park places a huge onus on both whenever the Canaries' lose the ball. 5

- Moritz Leitner

Shrugged aside by Andriy Yarmolenko in the move that led to the Ukrainian sealing the home win. Real questions now whether him and Trybull together can establish the control City require at this level. 5

- Emi Buendia

Little or no impact in a creative sense. Best moment arguably a goal line saving header to deny Issa Diop. Really unable to find those pockets of space to link with City's attacking pivot. Sliced attempt at a clearance was volleyed home by Yarmolenko. 6

- Marco Stiepermann

Not happening at this rarefied level for the big man so far. One strike drilled at Lukasz Fabianski. Beaten at his far post by Diop but bailed out by Buendia. 6

- Todd Cantwell

Prominent in the opening stages when City enjoyed a measure of control. Just unable to climb above Max Aarons' cross inside the six yard box. One poor square pass exposed his defence but Christoph Zimmermann stopped Anderson. 6

- Teemu Pukki

Farke suggested afterwards West Ham had tweaked their defensive system to thwart the City dangerman. Certainly he got close attention from the Hammers' centre backs and precious little support from his team mates. One scuffed effort from outside the box in the second half. 6

City substitutes

- Ibrahim Amadou 6

Baptism of fire for the man recruited from Sevilla. Left exposed too often in a frenetic final 20 minutes.

(for Christoph Zimmermann, 36)

- Josip Drmic n/a

(for Marco Stiepermann, 77)

- Kenny McLean n/a

(for Todd Cantwell, 78)

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