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February 1, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 26748‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cardiff City 2-1 Norwich City

Two goals in two minutes from Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a first Premier League win at the expense of Chris Hughton's Canaries on Saturday

By Harry Sherlock

  • David Marshall
    0
    1
    4.50

    David Marshall Top of the Match

    Well beaten for the opening goal but redeemed himself with three stunning second-half stops to deny Bradley Johnson, Nathan Redmond and Leroy Fer.

  • Steven Caulker
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Made a number of vital blocks as Cardiff looked to protect their lead in the dying moments.

  • Ben Turner
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ben Turner

    Tasked with keeping Johan Elmander quiet, the defender struggled to deal with the big striker's strength and aerial presence.

  • Declan John
    0
    0
    3.00

    Declan John

    Solid if unspectacular, the defender performed well and coped with Norwich's second-half assault on the home goal.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    0
    0
    3.00

    Fabio Da Silva

    A lack of communication with Craig Noone led to the opening goal but the ex-Manchester United man recovered well and attempted to get forward at every opportunity. Substituted for Theophile-Catherine in second half.

  • Peter Whittingham
    0
    0
    1.50

    Peter Whittingham Flop of the Match

    Wasted a free kick and dragged a shot wide before being substituted for Wilfried Zaha in the 37th minute.

  • Gary Medel
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gary Medel

    Tasked with protecting the back four and did so admirably, as he often dropped deep to double up on the Norwich forwards.

  • Craig Noone
    0
    0
    3.00

    Craig Noone

    Caught out by Norwich's first but recovered well and provided a constant attacking threat from midfield. Was booked, however.

  • Jordon Mutch
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jordon Mutch

    Always looked to bomb forward in search of a shooting opportunity and provided consistent support to Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones. Substituted for Aron Gunnarsson in second half.

  • Craig Bellamy
    0
    0
    3.50

    Craig Bellamy

    Repeatedly dropped deep in search of the ball and equalised early in the second half, as he slotted home from close range. Headed off the line in the dying moments of the second half.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kenwyne Jones

    Gave his side the lead just 60 seconds after Bellamy's goal with a close-range volley. A fine debut from the Trinidadian.

Substitutions

  • Kevin Theophile Catherine
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Theophile Catherine

    Came on for Fabio in second half and performed well in defence.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Replaced Jordan Mutch in the second half but struggled to have any impact, with Norwich chasing an equaliser.

  • Wilfried Zaha
    0
    0
    4.00

    Wilfried Zaha

    Introduced for Whittingham in the first half and immediately changed the game with his pace and trickery. Provided the pass for Bellamy's equaliser.

  • John Ruddy
    0
    0
    2.50

    John Ruddy

    Will be disappointed to have conceded two goals, with both efforts well within his reach.

  • Russell Martin
    0
    0
    2.50

    Russell Martin

    Struggled to cope with the pace of Wilfried Zaha and Craig Bellamy, as well as the aerial threat of Kenwyne Jones.

  • S. Bassong
    0
    0
    2.50

    S. Bassong

    Captained Norwich with aplomb but could not steer his side to a clean sheet as he found his defence shellshocked after conceding twice in two minutes during the second half.

  • Martin Olsson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Martin Olsson

    Supplied the cross for Snodgrass to make it 1-0 but struggled to deal with Cardiff's pace going forward.

  • Ryan Bennett
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Bennett

    Booked for a rash tackle on Craig Bellamy and was consistently outpaced by the Welshman.

  • Bradley Johnson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bradley Johnson

    Forced a stunning stop from David Marshall but was substituted in the second half, with Leroy Fer his replacement.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    0
    0
    3.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Opened the scoring from close range after a superb cut-back from Martin Olsson but was denied a penalty in the second half.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Fought a running battle with Fabio but struggled to better the Brazilian and subsequently saw his attacking threat limited. Substituted for Nathan Redmond as the clock ticked down.

  • Alexander Tettey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Alexander Tettey

    Looked to link defence and attack quickly but struggled to make any real impact. Booked for a reckless slide tackle on Jordan Mutch,

  • Gary Hooper
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gary Hooper

    Ran himself into the ground up front and chased every lost cause but struggled to test Marshall in the final third.

  • Johan Elmander
    0
    0
    2.50

    Johan Elmander

    Occupied the defence well and offered an aerial threat but spurned a number of clear-cut chances. Replaced by Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Leroy Fer
    0
    0
    3.00

    Leroy Fer

    Introduced in the second half for Johnson and forced a brilliant stop from Marshall.

  • Nathan Redmond
    0
    0
    3.50

    Nathan Redmond

    Thrown on in the final minutes as Norwich chased an equaliser and tricked his way into the box on a number of occasions, though he could not create an equaliser.

  • Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel

    Much like Redmond, the striker was introduced as the Canaries went in search of a late leveller but could not breach Marshall and his defence.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0