Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 1-0 Championship win against Middlesbrough

Onel Hernandez celebrates his winner in Norwich City's 1-0 Championship win at Middlesbrough Picture

Onel Hernandez celebrates his winner in Norwich City's 1-0 Championship win at Middlesbrough Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries’ 1-0 Championship success at Middlesbrough.

Here is Paddy’s verdict on Daniel Farke’s troops, who made it seven league wins on the spin to take a huge step closer the Premier League.

• Tim Krul

Vital clean sheet in the context of chasing the bigger prize. Dealt with all Boro’s threats from longer range. Decisive when the ball rained into his area in the final stages. Plenty of work with his feet as well, with the hosts pressing high. 8

• Max Aarons

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Fearless again. Needed to step up with Boro looking to exploit the width down his flank through George Friend. 8

• Christoph Zimmermann

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Goalsaving block of the highest order from Stewart Downing. Dominant in the air. A real leader now. 9

• Ben Godfrey

Brave diving header to distract Ashley Fletcher. Vital in the final quarter. One notable block. Sloppy in possession on a couple of occasions, playing out from the back. 8

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Always on the front foot. Overlapping deep into the second half. So assured. 8

• Tom Trybull

Superb last-ditch block to thwart Jordan Hugill. Looks accomplished in that deeper protecting role. 8

• Kenny McLean

Grew into the contest. Needed to up the intensity with Adam Clayton snapping into tackles around central midfield. Caught under the ball for Dani Ayala’s header against the foot of Tim Krul’s right-hand post. 7

• Emi Buendia

Tough to get into the action in the first half, with Boro dominating midfield. Triggered the turnover for the match-winning goal. Two deflected shots in the second half. 7

• Marco Stiepermann

On another day may have departed for a lunging attempt to win the ball from Friend. Almost caught out Darren Randolph with a drifting cross in the first half. 7

• Onel Hernandez

Squeezed a winner home through a ruck of bodies. Set up Teemu Pukki for arguably his best chance. Great appetite for work. 8

• Teemu Pukki

Three very good sighters of Randolph’s goal. Just in one of those rare fallow periods in front of goal - by his high standards. 7

City substitutes

• Mario Vrancic n/a

(for Marco Stiepermann, 84)

• Timm Klose n/a

(for Onel Hernandez, 90+4)

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