Reacted well to keep Bendtner’s exquisite shot out in the first half but probably should have done more to stop Richardson’s goal.
Never troubled by Larsson but allowed his replacement Ji forward a little more. Was hardly needed to support the irrepressible Bennett.
Did a reasonably effective job of keeping Ahmed El Mohamady quiet and pushed forward on occasion too.
Continued to stand in adequately at centre-half, even pushing forward to get involved in the build-up to Morison's goal. Troubled occasionally by Bendtner.
Held his nerve to finish off a great team move to take the lead, but Bendtner did pose him problems.
The stand-in skipper struggled to get into the game, necessitating his second-half switch to the left of midfield following Pilkington's substitution.
Energetic on the left and dangerous, although on one or two occasions Canaries fans would have been wishing he had a right foot, when he was forced to turn outside again onto his left. Pulled it back excellently onto Morison’s head for the second goal. Taken off with 15 minutes to go.
Fantastic run and interplay before putting it on a plate for Barnett to score the opener. Later had a great shot saved by Mignolet in the second half. Made left-back Richardson look silly.
Did well in the build-up for Barnett’s goal but guilty of giving the ball away sometimes during the first half.
Solid performance, generally bossing Gardner and Vaughan in the middle. He had a worrying moment when he failed to control the ball properly in the box and gifted Bendtner an opportunity, but was unpunished.
A little isolated up front occasionally, with the midfield often struggling to get the ball forward to him despite their superiority, but took his goal well, and looked a handful when given the opportunity. Replaced by Grant Holt with 15 minutes to go.
After a nervy start, the keeper made some useful contributions under pressure.
An average game with one or two worrying errors, like gifting the ball straight to Wes Hoolahan to set up a two-on-two in his own half.
Under predictable constant barracking from the home fans, the ex-Ipswich man was not quite solid enough to exude any comfort.
Provided a collector's item with a first-half nutmeg but otherwise failed to stop the lively Pilkington attacking from the left.
Did not impose himself on the Canaries midfielders at all, but was more involved late on as Sunderland desperately searched for a revival.
Could neither make himself useful attacking from the left or in helping Richardson to close down the marauding Bennett. Can have no complaints with his withdrawal.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Got forward often enough but with no end product. Disappointing from the Egyptian.
Barely visible in the first half as he simply does not have the defensive skills that were required to shut Norwich down, but popped up with a half-decent shot in the second.
Ineffective and quiet for long periods before occasionally blasting a shot comically high and wide. Replaced midway through the second half.
Often made to look as if he wasn't there, as Bennett ghosted past him on the Sunderland left. His being a converted midfielder certainly showed, but when he got forward he showed his ability with a rifling shot to give his side late hope.
For much of the first half, the Dane seemed the only Black Cat who knew what he was doing in possession. Had an excellent turn-and-volley well saved in the first period.
- 13 D. Rudd
- 24 R. De Laet
- 11 A. Surman
Came on late for Bennett with no time to influence proceedings.
Looked menacing in his cameo, getting forward with pace to shoot just wide, but had to go off again just as quickly. Worryingly, with his history, he came off injured to leave Norwich with just ten men.
- C. Martin
Took a bit of a clattering soon after replacing Morison but willing as ever up front, if not successful.
- 20 K. Westwood
- 4 M. Turner
- 6 L. Cattermole
- 14 J. Colback
- 23 J. McClean
Looked energetic when brought on for Larsson in the 70th minute, despite not being a natural left winger. Got close right at the death but denied by Ruddy.
Hardly a popular substitution with the home fans but proved a bit of a handful, threatening once or twice in the box.