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Player ratings for both Norwich City and Southampton following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City:
7 John Ruddy: Reassuring presence. Smart stop from Dani Osvaldo in the second period.
7 Steven Whittaker: Added an extra attacking dimension. One rush of blood when RvW was better placed.
6 Michael Turner: Trademark late block to thwart Steven Davis. Kept Osvaldo on a tight leash.
6 Sebastien Bassong: Assured Premier League return for the captain. Aided by Saints’ fitful attacking urges.
6 Javier Garrido: One glimpse of his attacking threat first half but was happy to defer to Nathan Redmond.
8 Leroy Fer: Midfield general. Read the play superbly. Athletic in the challenge. Offensive threat.
7 Bradley Johnson: Out-shone Saints’ holding duo, in tandem with Fer, to tilt the game in Norwich’s favour.
7 Robert Snodgrass: Copious industry. Final ball wayward at times but City looked strong down the right.
8 Nathan Redmond: The difference in a tight game. Stunning goal. Counter-attacking weapon.
6 Johan Elmander: Forced to drop deeper during Saints’ best spells. Made it difficult to support RvW.
6 Ricky van Wolfswinkel: No real sights of goal but no lack of endeavour. Razor-sharp movement in the box.
Subs: Jonny Howson (for Elmander) 5
6 Artur Boruc: Take nothing away from Nathan Redmond’s strike, but should not be beaten near post.
5 Calum Chambers: Young man who learned some harsh lessons in the Premier League spotlight.
6 Jose Fonte: Escaped with a wrestling move on Robert Snodgrasss in the final seconds. Solid for most part.
6 Dejan Lovren: Struggled at times with RvW’s movement. Lacking a touch of pace as well.
5 Danny Fox: Left exposed too often against Snodgrass and Steven Whittaker. Tough ask.
6 Victor Wanyama: Headed south with a big reputation to go with the price tag. Questions left unanswered.
6 Morgan Schneiderlin: Key man in Saints’ system but was dominated by Norwich’s central midfielders.
6 James Ward-Prowse: Neat and tidy in possession. Touted for big future, but left in Redmond’s goal trail.
7 Adam Lallana: Saints’ best player until bizarrely withdrawn. Hit the woodwork.
6 Dani Osvaldo: Deserves time to adjust but club-record signing struggled to make any real impression.
6 Rickie Lambert: Quiet shift by the England striker. Little change out of City centre-backs.
Subs: Steven Davis (for Schneiderlin) 6, Gaston Ramirez (for Lallana) 5, Jay Rodriguez (for Osvaldo) 5