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Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 4-2 Championship defeat at Aston Villa

PUBLISHED: 10:19 20 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 20 August 2017

Norwich City's players were well-beaten at Aston Villa. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's players were well-beaten at Aston Villa. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries’ 4-2 defeat at Villa Park.

Norwich City never really looked like ending a winless run at Villa Park that dates back to 1992. Here is Paddy’s verdict on Daniel Farke’s troops.

• Angus Gunn

Shipped fourth but prevented a much heavier first half deficit. Denied Keinan Davis twice before the hosts scored. 7.5

• Russell Martin

Collective responsibility for that shambolic first half. Failed to sense Conor Hourihane’s presence in the vicinity for the opening goal. 5.5

• Christoph Zimmermann

Torrid afternoon trying and failing to deal with the all-action Davis. The deflection to send Hourihane’s shot spiralling over Gunn summed it up. 5.0

• Marcel Franke

Indecision proved costly on Villa’s second. Albeit the finish was sublime from Andre Green. 5.5

• James Husband

One fine far post diving block early on. Routinely getting over-run. Which highlights the lack of support from City’s midfield. 5.5

• Harrison Reed

Mixed, to put it mildly. Cheap turnover sparked the first Villa goal. Fine spot for Josh Murphy to pull one back. Inconsistency of youth. 6.5

• Marco Stiepermann

Leeway required for a full debutant. Plenty of desire to cut in and look for work centrally but offered little in a creative sense. 6.5

• Mario Vrancic

When City are on the back foot, Vrancic is largely anonymous. No time, space or decent ball possession to showcase his creativity. 6.0

• Steven Naismith

Plenty of early aggression and a willingness to close down but any real influence waned dramatically as Villa took control. 6.0

• Josh Murphy

Many want to see more end product from an exciting talent. Here he delivered with one goal and one assist. 7.5

• Cameron Jerome

Sadly one of those shifts where he lacked any real conviction in front of goal. Typified by a miscued glancing header from close range. 5.5

• City substitutes

• Wes Hoolahan 6.0

Game was too frayed around the edges by the time he was introduced to exert any real control.

(for Steven Naismith, 73)

• Nelson Oliveira 7.0

Injury doubt pre-match. Still on the scoresheet. Three and counting.

(for Cameron Jerome, 74)

• Yanic Wildschut n/a

(for James Husband, 86)


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