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Player ratings for both Norwich City and Chelsea following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City
6 John Ruddy: May feel culpable for the fourth but without his routine heroics it could have been a lot more.
5 Russell Martin: Had a chance to clear before Chelsea’s second goal. Still endeavoured to get City on the front foot.
6 Leon Barnett: Eventful. One excellent early block on Fernando Torres. Assist for Grant Holt. Then left flat-footed for equaliser.
6 Sebastien Bassong: Not a game to return after a recent injury layoff to try and combat Chelsea’s central thrusts.
5 Javier Garrido: Needed far greater support to quell the threat from compatriot Juan Mata. Three goals came down his side.
6 Elliott Bennett: Never neglected his defensive duties in front of Russell Martin. Fleeting counter-attack threat in the first half.
6 Jonny Howson: Appeared to have great licence to get further forward. Passive for Eden Hazard’s goal.
6 Alex Tettey: Encouraging full Premier League debut. Bizarre close range header aside, plenty to build on. Muscular presence.
5 Bradley Johnson: Deployed wider on the left. Peripheral influence. Javier Garrido left far too exposed. Lucky to avoid a caution.
6 Wes Hoolahan: Sparked during City’s brightest spells. Early cross teed up the opener. Weak effort in the build up to third.
7 Grant Holt: Scored one, could have had two more either side of the interval. Excellent work rate.
Subs: Anthony Pilkington (for Johnson) 5, Steve Morison (for Holt) 5, Ryan Bennett (for Bassong) 5
6 Petr Cech: No chance with Grant Holt’s close range strike. Bystander for long spells, given his side’s dominance of the ball.
7 Branislav Ivanovic: Powerful full-back. One of the best in the league. Dangerous in either box - as demonstrated by his goal.
6 David Luiz: No question of his ability on the ball. Still looks suspect in the air. Holt profited from such indecision at times.
6 John Terry: Could have paid a heavier price for three clear defensive lapses in his personal battle with Holt.
6 Ashley Cole: Caught underneath the ball for Norwich’s opener. Otherwise left the headlines to others. For once.
7 Mikel: Landmark appearance for the club. Will have much more difficult outings in the Blues’ engine room.
7 Frank Lampard: No longer the all-action box-to-box player of his youth. Sets the tempo superbly and can still finish when required.
8 Juan Mata: Directly involved in three of the four goals. Pace, guile and plenty of cunning. Class act.
7 Oscar: Impish presence. Appeared free of any defensive duties to roam and pick holes in Norwich’s backline.
7 Eden Hazard: Composed finish for Chelsea’s third. Already seems to have a telephatic link with his midfield allies.
7 Fernando Torres: Wasted one early sighter but superb movement for his goal. Looked razor-sharp and relished the midfield support.
Subs: Ramires (for Lampard) 5, Cesar Azpilicueta (for Ivanovic) 5, Oriol Romeu (for Mikel) 5