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April 20, 2013 7:30 PM IST
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 26460‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Norwich 2-1 Reading

The Canaries claim a vital win over the relegation-threatened Royals with Elliott and Ryan Bennett the scorers for the home side against the Premier League's bottom club

By Chris Teale at Carrow Road

  • Mark Bunn
    0
    1
    2.50

    Mark Bunn

    Looked solid when called upon by the Reading attackers, but blotted his copybook when Garath McCleary's shot squirmed under him in the second half for a goal.

  • Russell Martin
    1
    0
    3.00

    Russell Martin

    Had some early problems with the direct running of Jobi McAnuff at times, but otherwise looked solid in defence and showcased a good range of passing in attack.

  • S. Bassong
    1
    0
    3.50

    S. Bassong

    Had an ongoing battle with Pavel Pogrebnyak and largely came out on top, restricting the Russian only to a few half-chances.

  • Michael Turner
    1
    0
    3.00

    Michael Turner

    Had a promising start in defence but was forced off after 18 minutes with an injury and replaced by Ryan Bennett.

  • Javier Garrido
    1
    0
    3.50

    Javier Garrido

    Looked to be positive in attack and had a good early shot on goal in another encouraging performance from the Lazio loanee at left-back.

  • Bradley Johnson
    1
    0
    3.00

    Bradley Johnson

    Broke up play well in the centre of midfield, and despite a couple of minor defensive errors had a solid game.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    3
    1
    4.50

    Robert Snodgrass Top of the Match

    Caused some real problems on the right of midfield with his direct running and superb passing as the fulcrum of the Canaries’ attacking play, creating their second goal with a great corner.

  • Jonny Howson
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jonny Howson

    Showed flashes of his considerable ability at times with some good passes, but struggled to have a sustained influence on proceedings.

  • Elliott Bennett
    1
    0
    3.50

    Elliott Bennett

    Had a couple of good shots in the first half and enjoyed a comfortable afternoon in midfield before scoring Norwich’s second with a deflected finish.

  • Grant Holt
    2
    0
    3.50

    Grant Holt

    A typically physical and uncompromising performance from the Canaries captain, who linked up well with his team-mates and bullied his way past the Reading defenders seemingly at will.

  • Kei Kamara
    2
    0
    4.00

    Kei Kamara

    Looked incredibly enterprising going forward, showing some good pace and linking up well with Holt to give Reading’s defence constant headaches.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Bennett
    1
    0
    3.50

    Ryan Bennett

    Came on for Turner after 18 minutes in the centre of defence and worked well alongside Bassong while opening the scoring for the Canaries early in the second half.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    0
    0

    Anthony Pilkington

    Brought on late for Snodgrass to provide some fresh legs in the midfield.

  • Alexander Tettey
    0
    0

    Alexander Tettey

    Came on for Elliott Bennett with around 10 minutes remaining for a late cameo.

  • Alex McCarthy
    0
    2
    2.00

    Alex McCarthy Flop of the Match

    Looked slightly nervous early on as he spilled Javier Garrido’s shot and lacked accuracy in his distribution, flapping at some crosses and appearing a little overawed by the occasion.

  • Chris Gunter
    1
    1
    2.50

    Chris Gunter

    Looked solid in the air and was useful in attack but struggled with Robert Snodgrass at times as the Canaries midfielder attacked at will.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adrian Mariappa

    Made some tough tackles and was handy in the air, while he also crossed well for Pogrebnyak in the first half to nearly give his team the lead.

  • Sean Morrison
    0
    1
    2.50

    Sean Morrison

    Was found wanting aerially at times and had some struggles against the physical presence of Grant Holt and Snodgrass’ set-piece delivery.

  • Stephen Kelly
    1
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Looked solid if unspectacular in defence as he worked well with his team-mates to stifle most of Norwich’s chances.

  • Jem Karacan
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jem Karacan

    Another who struggled with Snodgrass slightly, the Turk was largely anonymous in the centre of midfield and was handled well by Bradley Johnson.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Got forward well as the focal point of Reading’s attacking play, showcasing some good skill and making life difficult for the opposition’s defence.

  • Garath McCleary
    1
    0
    3.00

    Garath McCleary

    Attacked well but found himself overshadowed at times by his team-mates and the stout Norwich defence until an ambitious shot crept in for a goal to give his side some hope.

  • Danny Guthrie
    0
    1
    2.50

    Danny Guthrie

    Had some good moments in midfield, but was let down often by his final pass, which was slightly lacking in quality.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    1
    0
    3.00

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Involved in a continual battle with Sebastian Bassong and often came deep to assist in midfield, but was guilty of wasting a glorious chance to give his side the lead in the first half.

  • Nick Blackman
    1
    0
    3.00

    Nick Blackman

    Came very deep to get involved in play and played some good passes without creating any chances of his own.

Substitutions

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