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Played
October 31, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 16465‎
 
84′ (OG) Jan Vertonghen
Gareth Bale 66′
87′ K. Jackson
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Norwich City 2-1 Tottenham

Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors in the second half but Alexander Tettey and Simeon Jackson came off the bench to turn the game around for the Canaries

By Oliver Platt at Carrow Road

  • Mark Bunn
    14
    1
    4.00

    Mark Bunn Top of the Match

    An excellent performance. Couldn't reach Bale's opener but he was generally very assured aerially and was the hero at the death when he saved Dempsey's penalty.

  • Michael Turner
    8
    1
    3.50

    Michael Turner

    Made some important headers and interceptions and adequately held a fairly high line despite not being the quickest.

  • Marc Tierney
    4
    2
    2.50

    Marc Tierney

    His contributions were plenty but mixed in success. Started the game well with a series of tackles and runs and one tempting cross, but then almost gifted Bale a chance with a dreadful header that seemed to be aimed at Bunn. He was never able to shut Bale down but few are, and he generally kept him to less problematic areas. Gave away a penalty to Walker late on, though.

  • Ryan Bennett
    8
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Bennett

    Made some timely tackles and generally kept the play in front of him. A solid display.

  • Steven Whittaker
    8
    0
    3.50

    Steven Whittaker

    Will have been pleased to see Bale depart for the opposite flank after 15 minutes. He did a solid job on the winger and his subsequent opponent, Falque, denying both the chance to run into space and build up momentum. A positive debut.

  • Andrew Surman
    7
    0
    3.00

    Andrew Surman

    Had some good moments of movement and interplay, and got into the box twice, but could not get his shot away on either occasion.

  • David Fox
    4
    1
    2.50

    David Fox

    Recycled possession well, as always. Did not get a great grip on midfield but did not let too much through him, either.

  • Jacob Butterfield
    3
    1
    2.50

    Jacob Butterfield

    Played in the hole behind Morison and struggled to find the space in which to influence proceedings. Tidy when he did get the ball, but that wasn't all too often.

  • Jonny Howson
    8
    0
    3.00

    Jonny Howson

    Tested Lloris with one swerving shot in the second half but was otherwise fairly subdued in a crowded midfield.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    8
    0
    3.00

    Robert Snodgrass

    Probably the least effective of the Norwich attackers, struggling to find the space to cut inside as he normally likes to, but his set-piece deliveries proved crucial.

  • Steve Morison
    2
    3
    2.50

    Steve Morison

    Busy, but largely ineffective. Did manage to get between defenders and win headers infrequently but never really mustered the quality to trouble Lloris.

Substitutions

  • Alexander Tettey
    11
    1
    3.50

    Alexander Tettey

    Another win for the unbeaten Norwegian. His left-footed volley was well-struck, even if it might go down as an own goal, and he helped turn the tide of the contest.

  • Grant Holt
    8
    1
    3.00

    Grant Holt

    Played an important role in the comeback by rising strongly to head Snodgrass' free-kick at goal. Jackson converted the rebound. Lifted the crowd when he came on.

  • K. Jackson
    8
    0
    3.00

    K. Jackson

    Did all he needed to do - stab home from a yard out when the ball fell to him to win the game.

  • Hugo Lloris
    37
    5
    4.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Rarely troubled but what he did was comfortable and confident. Never intimidated or unable to hold his ground against the likes of Morison. Could do nothing about the late onslaught and performed admirably under pressure.

  • Michael Dawson
    10
    3
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    Mostly had high balls to deal with, which he did effectively. Two set-pieces were Spurs' undoing but from open play he did his chances of featuring more often no harm.

  • Kyle Walker
    6
    4
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Is not enjoying his best run of form and lacks the explosiveness that is the trademark of his game at his best. Lined up one his thunderbolt shots in the first half but it nearly went out for a throw-in. Did win a late penalty but Dempsey could not convert.

  • Steven Caulker
    11
    4
    2.50

    Steven Caulker

    Looked more unsure than Dawson, allowing Morison and Surman in behind him, but he did make an important last-ditch tackle on the latter.

  • Kyle Naughton
    10
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Naughton

    Defended well but did not support his winger too often. Dependable, though, against the club with whom he spent a season on loan.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    3
    16
    2.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Like his counterpart Butterfield, found space in between the opposition defence and midfield difficult to come by. Came deeper in search of possession but was only really able to recycle it in those areas. Ineffective, all in all.

  • Thomas Carroll
    7
    4
    2.50

    Thomas Carroll

    A talented ball player but still learning to impose himself in midfield. Showed some nice touches but did not have a major influence.

  • Gareth Bale
    23
    4
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    Lively but faded in the latter stages. Much more effective on the right than the left, where he struggled to find space, but actually scored his goal from the latter position when he came inside. Very threatening in spells and Spurs' best outfield player.

  • Jake Livermore
    2
    20
    2.00

    Jake Livermore Flop of the Match

    Not particularly prominent before being withdrawn at half time for Huddlestone. Can tackle with bite but he did not really step up and assert himself here.

  • Clint Dempsey
    4
    14
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Got in between defenders on occasion and stabbed one effort just over the bar in the first half. Often starved of service. Worked hard but will rue the poor penalty that denied Spurs extra time.

  • Iago Falqué
    17
    4
    3.50

    Iago Falqué

    Neat in possession but not really able to stretch the game on either flank. When he came inside, he was much brighter, threading an excellent through pass to Bale to create one good chance. Moments later, he asked a serious question of Bunn with a curling shot, but the goalkeeper was equal to it.

Substitutions

  • Jan Vertonghen
    5
    11
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Unfortunate to see Tettey's shot deflect off his leg but his header clear was not well-placed at all.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    13
    1
    3.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Spurs had much more control in midfield when he entered the fray. A ball player, but his stature makes a difference.

  • Jermain Defoe
    8
    2

    Jermain Defoe

    Late sub.

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