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January 21, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 26792‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea

John Ruddy and Zak Whitbread held the line particularly well for the hosts as the Blues conspired to fire blanks despite dominating possession throughout at Carrow Road

By George Ankers at Carrow Road

  • John Ruddy
    84
    13
    4.00

    John Ruddy Top of the Match

    Pulled off key saves whenever called upon for the Canaries, denying Mata in particular on several occasions. The former Everton man continues to be reliable and he was rewarded with his side's first clean sheet of the season.

  • Russell Martin
    12
    10
    2.50

    Russell Martin

    Useful contributions when launching counter-attacks from deep but the Canaries vice-captain gave the ball away in his own half all too often and was lucky not to be punished, particularly by Mata towards the end of the first half.

  • Zak Whitbread
    34
    13
    4.00

    Zak Whitbread

    The American was particularly impressive at the heart of the Norwich back line, responsible for blunting the majority of Chelsea’s attacking moves with some key interceptions. An assured showing.

  • Daniel Ayala
    22
    12
    3.00

    Daniel Ayala

    Came out fairly well in his tussle with former team-mate Torres. The less spectacular of the centre-back pairing but the young Spaniard more than atoned for his poor showing at the Hawthorns.

  • Kyle Naughton
    9
    10
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    Left behind fairly frequently by Daniel Sturridge’s lightning pace down the Chelsea right in his less-preferred left-back slot. Occasionally got forward but to little effect.

  • David Fox
    9
    11
    3.00

    David Fox

    Unable to affect Chelsea's possession play in the centre of the park a great deal and usually overlooked in favour of the flanks when his side broke. Withdrawn for Crofts.

  • Bradley Johnson
    8
    12
    2.50

    Bradley Johnson

    Gave the ball away on occasion, particularly in the early stages, and did not really fulfil his job description of breaking up the midfield stranglehold.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    13
    8
    3.00

    Anthony Pilkington

    Had a couple of opportunities to attack down the right, with one attempted curler cutting in with his left foot headed away bravely by John Terry. Made a vital interception to rob Sturridge in the penalty area at the end of the opening period, before blazing a vicious shot over the bar early in the second period.

  • Andrew Surman
    10
    10
    2.50

    Andrew Surman

    Reasonably anonymous, never getting forward enough to test the defensive frailties of Jose Bosingwa. Replaced towards the end of the game.

  • Steve Morison
    13
    13
    3.00

    Steve Morison

    Strong and willing as ever, the striker combined excellently on occasion with his captain, Holt. He failed to completely impose himself, however, and was brought off with 10 minutes to go.

  • Grant Holt
    15
    9
    3.00

    Grant Holt

    Demonstrated a brilliant intuitive understanding with strike partner Morison to create a great chance for his side in the first half, doing well to unleash a left-footed shot that fizzed just wide. Made his presence felt as usual and asked plenty of questions of the Blues centre-halves.

Substitutions

  • Andrew Crofts
    5
    9
    0.00

    Andrew Crofts

    Was unable to close down the midfield any more effectively than his predecessor Fox in the closing minutes.

  • Elliott Bennett
    3
    10
    0.00

    Elliott Bennett

    A stoppage-time substitute for Surman.

  • K. Jackson
    7
    10
    0.00

    K. Jackson

    Barely seen as the Canaries shut up shop at the end of the game.

  • Petr Cech
    72
    12
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    In the absence of a decisive chance for the hosts, the Czech keeper did the basics just right. No sweat for the Blues No. 1.

  • José Bosingwa
    31
    52
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    Bombed forward with abandon as Surman refused to test him at the back. No particular crosses of note but cannot be blamed for his side's failure to score.

  • David Luiz
    79
    31
    3.00

    David Luiz

    Villas-Boas kept faith him Luiz and he neither proved him right nor wrong, propping up his side's midfield possession well enough.

  • John Terry
    52
    20
    3.00

    John Terry

    Never had too much to do, with Holt and Morison working more in the channels rather than directly confronting the centre-halves. Made one good header to block a Pilkington shot.

  • Ashley Cole
    49
    28
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Largely kept on top of Pilkington despite the Norwich winger coming inside for the occasional shot. Pushed forward well enough and did his best to find the breakthrough, despite a tame shot towards the final whistle.

  • Ramires
    46
    25
    3.00

    Ramires

    An efficient enough cog in the midfield machine for the Blues without making one of his bulldozing runs forward that have unlocked defences in the past.

  • Frank Lampard
    37
    60
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Was unable to provide particular penetration and appeared to no longer have the legs to make any of his previously-trademark forward runs. Villas-Boas may have secretly been content to withdraw him in the first half due to a calf injury.

  • Raúl Meireles
    38
    51
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Passed it around competently enough but was deployed so deep that it bordered on the ridiculous. What Villas-Boas would have hoped to be an Andrea Pirlo-esque playmaker role became simply a ball-carrier - a failing virtually admitted by the manager when Michael Essien came on in his place.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    50
    120
    2.50

    Daniel Sturridge Flop of the Match

    Showed off his electric pace plenty but very little in the way of final product from the England youngster, giving the ball away lazily in good positions and allowing himself to be ball-napped by Pilkington just before half-time.

  • Fernando Torres
    160
    61
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Frustration once again for the troubled striker. Showed energy enough in the first half, pulling one good save out of Ruddy and also creating a late chance with a burst of pace down the right before the break, but guilty of a poor miss in the second half and tellingly removed with 15 minutes to go.

  • Juan Mata
    98
    23
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Slow to get into the game in the early stages but the most threatening of Chelsea's front three, drawing Ruddy into two key saves, one in either half.

Substitutions

  • Michael Essien
    66
    19
    0.00

    Michael Essien

    Got a run-out for 10 minutes in the deep position, though had little need to break up Norwich attacks.

  • Florent Malouda
    33
    59
    2.50

    Florent Malouda

    Seemed to be ready to make an immediate difference after replacing Lampard in the first half but faded despite his early pass for Mata.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    96
    20
    3.00

    Romelu Lukaku

    Replaced Torres with 15 minutes left and attempted one threatening run down the right flank.

Results
 
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Position
Ranking
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Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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15 0