Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 3-1 Championship win at Deepdale
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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries’ 3-1 win at Preston.
City fans have been voting since the final whistle and this is Paddy’s verdict.
• John Ruddy
City came under pressure after conceding in the second half but big man was still not pressed into major service. 7.0
• Ivo Pinto
Good on the front foot in the first half with Preston sitting far too deep. 7.0
• Russell Martin
Let Jordan Hugill escape at the far post late on but went unpunished. 7.0
• Ryan Bennett
Better after recent struggles, albeit squared up once by Aiden McGeady who lashed a shot into the side netting. 7.0
• Mitchell Dijks
Reliable. Good balance down the left with Josh Murphy. Underlined by his overlap for the second City goal. 7.0
• Jonny Howson
Allowed Spurr to get a free header to Paul Gallagher’s free kick. Tested Maxwell with a stinging drive. 7.0
• Graham Dorrans
Good to see him back after a terrible run with injuries. Deflected strike opened the scoring. Prominent with City on the front foot. 7.0
• Josh Murphy
Pivotal role in the second goal. Injected pace and direct thrust on the counter throughout. 7.5
• Alex Pritchard
Linked the play for both Norwich’s first half goals. Should have notched himself when he struck Chris Maxwell’s legs. 7.0
• Steven Naismith
Set the ball back for Graham Dorrans’ goal. Absolutely vital block at the far post as Preston threatened an equaliser. 7.5
• Cameron Jerome
Acrobatic bicycle kick straight at Maxwell. Nuisance value was key to Murphy’s goal. 7.0
• James Maddison 7.0
Not a bad way to mark your Championship league debut.
(for Alex Pritchard, 79)
• Nelson Oliveira 6.5
Near post shot struck Maxwell’s legs.
(for Cameron Jerome, 79)
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