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February 1, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 34476‎
 
 
 
54′ (OG) Daniel Ayala
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 3-0 Norwich City

Fraizer Campbell leads the way with sizzling goal on first start since August 2010 as Sunderland crush sorry Norwich

By Rob Stewart at the Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    4
    1
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    He will soon have Craig Gordon fighting for his position but the Belgian did himself no harm at all with a tidy display that included a smart early save to deny Grant Holt.

  • Phil Bardsley
    3
    3
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    There is nothing sophisticated about the Manchester United old boy and while he is defensively sound his surging run and cross that prompted Daniel Ayala's own-goal showed he is developing as an attacking threat as well.

  • Michael Turner
    4
    1
    3.00

    Michael Turner

    With competition for places intensifying the former Hull City defender put down a strong marker with a solid performance.

  • John O'Shea
    7
    1
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    The stand-in skipper ensured that the Norwich's aerial threat was nullified with an assured show, underpinned by excellent positional sense.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    2
    1
    3.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    The Swede dragged an early chance wide and although he did not get on the scoresheet he looked a constant threat down the right wing.

  • Craig Gardner
    4
    0
    3.00

    Craig Gardner

    More like his old self. He might be homesick but trademark attacking runs showed he is finally starting to really settle down under Martin O'Neill which bodes well for his future on Wearside.

  • Kieran Richardson
    1
    4
    3.00

    Kieran Richardson

    He showed why Martin O'Neill was so keen to bring in a new left-back in the shape of Wayne Bridge because he looks as though he is a makeshift defender.

  • Jack Colback
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jack Colback

    He helped make sure Sunderland gained the upper hand in the midfield exchanges with an simple-but-effective display and was always a willing outlet.

  • James McClean
    8
    1
    3.00

    James McClean

    He is improving at such a rapid rate of knots that he could very well end up at Euro 2012 with the Republic of Ireland but just needs to make sure his pace is allied to a better final ball.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    20
    0
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    At this rate Sunderland will struggle to keep hold of the livewire Benin striker who ran rings around the Norwich defence and finished off a sumptuous move that he started for the Black Cats' second goal.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    24
    0
    4.00

    Fraizer Campbell Top of the Match

    Talk about making up for lost time! On his first start since August 2010, he scored a beauty, set a fine goal up and was generally a menace to Norwich all night.

Substitutions

  • Wayne Bridge
    7
    0
    0.00

    Wayne Bridge

    The warm welcome he received as a late substitute will have whet his appetite.

  • David Meyler
    4
    0
    0.00

    David Meyler

    He would have enjoyed his cameo performance.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    5
    0
    0.00

    Dong-Won Ji

    Had little chance to press his claims for a first-team place.

  • John Ruddy
    1
    1
    3.00

    John Ruddy

    There was nothing he could do about any of Sunderland's goals and it could have been worse for his team but for a couple of fine saves.

  • Russell Martin
    2
    1
    2.00

    Russell Martin

    He failed to get to grips with speed-merchant James McClean who ran the full-back ragged.

  • Zak Whitbread
    1
    1
    3.00

    Zak Whitbread

    He looks like blonde former Sunderland defender Paul McShane but fortunately for Norwich the centre-half didn't play anything like him and yet he still found the going tough.

  • Kyle Naughton
    3
    0
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    The on-loan Tottenham full-back will be hoping Spurs boss Harry Redknapp does not have enough time to study a DVD of this game because he was poor.

  • Daniel Ayala
    2
    2
    2.50

    Daniel Ayala

    The last thing that Sunderland needed was a helping hand but that is what the centre-half gave his opponents with an own goal that capped an uncomfortable evening.

  • Bradley Johnson
    3
    2
    2.00

    Bradley Johnson Flop of the Match

    Slow and ponderous, the former Leeds midfielder looked out of his depth and was taken off early in the second half.

  • Andrew Crofts
    1
    1
    2.50

    Andrew Crofts

    The midfielder struggled to get into the game once Sunderland went ahead.

  • Andrew Surman
    1
    1
    2.50

    Andrew Surman

    He was a peripheral figure on a night when little if anything went right for the winger who spent most of his time chasing back.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    2
    1
    2.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    He epitomises the Norwich spirit and although he never gave up he failed to really trouble the Sunderland defence despite a few decent tricks.

  • Steve Morison
    1
    1
    2.50

    Steve Morison

    The former Millwall striker should put this one down to experience because he hardly got involved and must learn from the defeat.

  • Grant Holt
    1
    1
    2.50

    Grant Holt

    He failed to show why Norwich rebuffed Rangers' approach for the targetman as he was anything but a handful for the Sunderland defence and failed to make the most of an early chance.

Substitutions

  • Anthony Pilkington
    1
    3
    2.50

    Anthony Pilkington

    The former Huddersfield man hardly got a touch.

  • Elliott Bennett
    2
    0
    0.00

    Elliott Bennett

    He helped shore things up but the game had been won and lost when he entered the fray.

  • Aaron Wilbraham
    1
    1
    2.50

    Aaron Wilbraham

    He had a late cameo but failed to knock any of the Sunderland defenders out of their stride.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 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