Norwich 1-0 Villa Player Ratings: Menacing Mulumbu


Norwich 1-0 Villa

Here are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for Norwich City’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa.


John Ruddy – never broke sweat. Only had one simple save to make all game. 5

Ivo Pinto – at fault for Norwich’s two nervy moments, letting Kodjia cut inside for a first half shot then could have conceded a stoppage time penalty for a foul on McCormack. 4
Bennett – lost his man at one Villa free-kick, but put in some towering headers. 7
Sebastien Bassong – slowed play down in the first half, rarely tested in a defensive sense. 5
Martin Olsson – made a lot of good forward runs. Much better suited to the left-back role than Brady. 8

Youssouf Mulumbu – showed his power in a dominant midfield display. 9
Graham Dorrans – used the ball well and didn’t give Villa’s midfield a sniff. 8

Jacob Murphy – some good runs early on. A lot of Norwich’s 2nd half combination play went through him. 8
Jonny Howson – couldn’t get into the game in the first half. Showed more zeal after the break. 6
Robbie Brady – had a poor first half, but an outstanding second. Neil must have put something in his half-time refreshment. 7

Nelson Oliveira – harried the defence and looked lively throughout. Took his goal superbly. 8

Alex Tettey (on 74) – didn’t have quite the same influence on the game as Mulumbu. 5
Kyle Lafferty (on 82)
Steven Naismith (on 88)

Aston Villa

Pierluigi Gollini – looks like he has a mistake in him. Bruce may seek more experience in January. 4

Alan Hutton – one or two positive runs. Not a good performance but should not be scapegoated either. 5
Tommy Elphick – questionable positioning. Baker a big miss. 4
James Chester – defended with composure. One of the better players. 6
Jordan Amavi – performance has been overrated. Beaten for pace by Murphy on many occassions. 3

Mile Jedinak – competed well in the first half, but suffered from a lack of support after the break. 6
Ashley Westwood – anonymous throughout. It’s been difficult to see what he offers for some time. 2
Jack Grealish – for someone who is normally a luxury player, his use of the ball was terrible. 1

Jordan Ayew – barely involved. Needed to offer a stronger work rate. 1
Gabriel Agbonlahor – worked hard in the first half, but stopped closing down after the break. 3
Jonathan Kodjia – greedy in possession, tried to do too much on his own in the first half. Looked jaded in the second half. 2

Albert Adomah (on 73) – arguably should have started instead of Agbonlahor, switching Ayew to the left and Kodjia up top. 6
Ross McCormack (on 73) – looked brighter in possession than Grealish. 7
Rudy Gestede (on 80) – didn’t show the required desire to affect the game. 4


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