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Played
December 27, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 26807‎
 
 
Gareth Bale 56′
 
Gareth Bale 67′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Norwich City 0-2 Tottenham

Harry Redknapp's team pick up a fairly comfortable win at Carrow Road as Gareth Bale stars with two goals and an impeccable performance despite the spirit of the home fans

By Ryan Benson at Carrow Road

  • John Ruddy
    10
    7
    2.50

    John Ruddy

    Pulled off several easy stops, and one brilliant save from Bale in the first half, but definitely should’ve done better with the Welshman's first goal. Outsmarted for the second as Bale’s finish was sublime.

  • Russell Martin
    3
    9
    3.00

    Russell Martin

    Made several good blocks and interceptions, but almost made a catastrophic error when Bale robbed the ball from him just outside the area, but the winger couldn’t hit the target. Was often dragged out to the right to help De Laet with, a job Crofts should have been doing.

  • Adam Drury
    6
    5
    3.00

    Adam Drury

    Did fairly well at left-back against Walker. The only player in the squad from Norwich’s last season in the Premier League and he showed his experience again and again to block Walker’s crosses.

  • Zak Whitbread
    7
    5
    3.00

    Zak Whitbread

    Almost afforded Spurs a very good opportunity in the opening minutes, but his blushes were spared as Adebayor couldn’t find a team-mate. Aside from that early mistake, the American had a decent game and always looked to pick out a player in attack when bringing the ball out of defence. Made a brilliant tackle in the area on Modric as the Croatian was about to shoot.

  • Ritchie De Laet
    13
    20
    2.50

    Ritchie De Laet Flop of the Match

    Initially started on the left and wasn’t given too much to think about, however it was a different story entirely when he switched to the right as the Belgian, on-loan from Manchester United, was given the run-around by Bale. Looked more comfortable in attack and against any player other than Bale. Forced off in second half with what looked like a hamstring injury.

  • Andrew Crofts
    6
    7
    2.50

    Andrew Crofts

    Was expected to be out on the right wing, but drifted into the centre just as much, something that was quite detrimental to De Laet’s chances against Bale. Was good in possession, but should have offered more width and more crosses. Replaced by Pilkington with 15 minutes to go.

  • Andrew Surman
    6
    7
    3.00

    Andrew Surman

    Played very narrowly, giving Walker a very easy time at right-back and affording the England international ample opportunity to attack. Was neat in possession, but often shifted the ball when he could’ve held on to it a little longer. Won a free-kick on the edge of the area before taking it and missing by a couple of inches.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    12
    6
    3.00

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Managed some nice touches at times, but was given little time on the ball in the first half as the visitors exerted a lot of pressure. As the hosts saw off Spurs’ pressure, Hoolahan was at the centre of every Norwich attack, but his forward passes were often too clever for his forwards.

  • David Fox
    4
    9
    2.50

    David Fox

    Struggled to get to grips with the dominant Modric and Sandro during the first period, having little answer to the duo. As the first half progressed and as Norwich got into the match a bit more, the midfielder was given slightly more time on the ball.

  • Steve Morison
    8
    4
    3.00

    Steve Morison

    Similarly to Holt, his physical presence was a problem for the Spurs defence, but he also had few chances. Went close with a curling effort, but Friedel knew it was going wide as soon as it left the former Millwall striker’s foot.

  • Grant Holt
    10
    6
    3.00

    Grant Holt

    Lucky to escape without a booking for a high arm when challenging Assou-Ekotto in the first half. Did his best to make things happen up front for the Canaries, throwing his weight about an awful lot, but given very few sights of goal.

Substitutions

  • Leon Barnett
    4
    3
    3.00

    Leon Barnett

    Replaced the injured De Laet with about 30 minutes to go. Didn't have too much to deal with, but did find himself used as an unorthodox striker at times.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    5
    4
    0.00

    Anthony Pilkington

    Came on with Bennett with 15 minutes to go but bossed by Walker.

  • Elliott Bennett
    5
    2
    0.00

    Elliott Bennett

    Given the last 15 minutes.

  • Brad Friedel
    36
    7
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Very easy night for the American. His most worrying moment of the match was watching Surman’s free-kick wide of his right-hand post and hardly made a save.

  • Younes Kaboul
    45
    4
    3.00

    Younes Kaboul

    Often struggled with Holt’s physicality as the 30-year-old continuously looked to get in between the ball and the defence, but the France international looked more comfortable than his partner. Won his share of the tussles, but certainly not his easiest night in a Spurs shirt.

  • William Gallas
    35
    11
    3.00

    William Gallas

    Couldn’t handle Holt’s physical presence at all and was also given a tough time by Morison, particularly in the first half. Given very little to think about after half time as Norwich were deflated after Bale’s opener.

  • Kyle Walker
    57
    7
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Taunted by the Norwich fans, who called him a worse Kyle Naughton, although not quite as politely put. Rarely found in his own half during the first half and was always an outlet in attack as he effectively played as a right winger, however his final ball could have been so much better.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    45
    6
    3.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Incurred the wrath of the home support inside the first five minutes as the former Lens man went tumbling after a challenge from crowd favourite Grant Holt. Just like Walker on the right, spent most of his time in attack. Replaced by Rose with 20 minutes to go.

  • Gareth Bale
    240
    18
    4.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Norwich had little answer for the Welshman, who was rampant at times. Received more than his fair share of stick from the home fans, but responded with his football. Missed a brilliant chance on the half-hour mark as he missed the target from seven yards out, but he made amends, scoring with an easy finish 10 minutes into the second half then added a second with 25 minutes to go with a cleverly taken chip over the onrushing Ruddy. Marvellous performance.

  • Scott Parker
    44
    6
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    His usual combative self in the centre for Spurs and he even did his best to add an extra player to the attack when invited forward. Given a good reception from all fans when replaced by Livermore in injury time.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    42
    40
    2.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Very quiet in the first half, but did a bit more after the break, starting a few attacks from deep and playing in Adebayor for Bale's first goal. Eventually taken off for Kranjcar.

  • Luka Modric
    151
    5
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Ran the game at times. The Croatian was a delight to behold in the midfield, pulling off the numerous clever flicks that Adebayor couldn’t. Supremely accurate with his passing and showed immense drive from his deep position.

  • Sandro
    59
    6
    3.00

    Sandro

    The quietest of Spurs’ midfield, but what he had to do, he did well. Broke up the play and gave the ball to the attackers. Harry Redknapp couldn’t really ask for too much more.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    80
    7
    3.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Attempted fancy flick after fancy flick but time and time again he couldn’t pull them off, and little else was working for him either. Probably should have given Spurs the lead in the 32nd minute, but his touch in front of Ruddy was heavy. Despite failing many times with his footwork, he kept faith in his ability and he eventually set up Bale for the opener with some brilliant close control in the area.

Substitutions

  • Danny Rose
    28
    9
    3.00

    Danny Rose

    Came on for the last 20 minutes and had little impact.

  • Niko Kranjcar
    59
    8
    0.00

    Niko Kranjcar

    On for the last five minutes, but not given enough time to make an impact.

  • Jake Livermore
    23
    11
    0.00

    Jake Livermore

    On for the final three minutes.

Results
 
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