An afternoon to forget for Canaries winger on the fringes of home defeat

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson heads clear under pressure from Onel Hernandez. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson heads clear under pressure from Onel Hernandez. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Our latest Norwich City player watch followed Onel Hernandez as the winger endured a difficult day during a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

3 - Plays a tidy one-two with Kenny McLean to get into the box and wins a corner as Chris Basham turns his cross behind.

5 - Nice bit of dribbling from Mario Vrancic but Emi Buendia takes the wrong option trying to get Hernandez through the middle, easily cleared by the Blades.

6 - Can't prevent George Baldock's cross and relieved to see Christoph Zimmermann head clear.

8 - Back-heels to Teemu Pukki to keep an attack alive on the left, City move the ball across the pitch and eventually McLean's curling low cross is held by Henderson.

18 - Spins between Baldock and Basham on the edge of the box but slips, doesn't claim for a penalty and referee isn't interested in appeals from the crowd.

23 - Vrancic goes long trying to get the Cuban through on goal but Baldock tracks and is always in control of the situation.

29 - Hernandez has a shot blocked on the edge of the box, as the rain starts to pour down.

33 - Alex Tettey shimmies past Ollie Norwood, plays right to Hernandez, whose first cross is cleared and then thumps a shot across the face of goal which almost goes out for a throw.

Onel Hernandez takes on the Blades defence during City's Premier League defeat at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesOnel Hernandez takes on the Blades defence during City's Premier League defeat at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

37 - Bundled over by Basham but no foul given.

44 - Buendia's corner from the right is nodded away, Pukki disrupts the counter-attack and Hernandez does well to rob Lys Mousset to get the ball out for a throw.

45+1 - Vrancic floats a nice ball into the left channel, Hernandez chases but Henderson charges out to win the race and clear.

45+2 - Vrancic sparks an attack with a chipped pass to Sam Byram, Hernandez has to check back, Vrancic fires low from the edge of the box, ball skipping along the turf and Henderson parries before pouncing on the loose ball.

49 - City go backwards from a free-kick on halfway, Ben Godfrey is closed down and Hernandez can't protect the ball forward from the much bigger Basham, United attack and eventually a simple cross from George Baldock, with the winger chasing and Byram unable to block on the right, allows Enda Stevens to climb above Max Aarons and head in the equaliser.

55 - With the Blades now in front thanks to Baldock's strike, Hernandez tangles with Basham in the box, defender stepping across him and penalty calls as they collide. City players freeze and John Lundstram curls in the loose ball. Confusion all around as everyone awaits the decision of VAR, with the goal eventually ruled out for offside and the penalty turned away.

57 - Cuts back and tees up Vrancic, whose low shot is deflected behind for a corner.

60 - Robbed by Basham as he tries to squeeze past him on the attack.

72 - Replaced by Todd Cantwell.

VERDICT: An afternoon to forget for City's tricky winger, often finding himself outnumbered and with little space to run into. A touch fortunate not to concede a penalty in a game that he was mostly on the fringes of.

RATING: 5 out of 10

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