Norwich 2-0 QPR Player Ratings: Oliveira returns

A more mature celebration from Nelson –

Goals from Nelson Oliveira and Harrison Reed helped Norwich to their first league win under Daniel Farke’s regime, a 2-0 triumph over QPR. How did players on both teams fare? Here’s our ratings.

Norwich City

Angus Gunn – made a crucial double save in the second half to deny Lua Lua and Mackie, having stopped the latter before the interval. Played his part in the clean sheet. 7

Ivo Pinto – looked exposed, partly due to the absence of a protective wide man in front of him and partly a first half knock. Taken off midway through the second period. 5
Christoph Zimmerman – put in some strong tackles in the first half and looked more commanding than he did against Sunderland. Becoming popular with supporters. 8
Marcel Franke – perhaps should have scored in the first half but made some towering headers after the break. Out to prove there’s more than one legendary centre-back named Marcel. 7
James Husband – guilty of misplacing passes in the first half and looked suspect defensively. Understandably rusty due to a lack of competitive match practice over the last 18 months. 4

Harrison Reed – comparisons with Paul Scholes may be tonge in cheek, but he distributed play superbly at times. Capped off his performance with a wonderful hit late on. 9

Mario Vrancic – neat in possession all evening and his assist for Oliveira’s goal was excellent. If he can deliver that quality more consistently, he will become one of the most creative players in the Championship. 8
Wes Hoolahan – played well in the first half and could have added a goal after the break, but was smothered by Smithies when one-on-one. 7
James Maddison – one of Norwich’s better performers on Sunday and worked hard tonight, continuing to impress in his deeper role. 7
Josh Murphy – he was the Canaries’ only outlet with pace, but his poor final ball let him down. 4

Nelson Oliveira – thanks to clinical finishing he’s now scored 13 goals in his last 23 league appearances, despite starting only 16 of them. Surely he has done enough to nail down a place? 8

Russell Martin (on 68) – suggestions that Norwich defend better without their captain starting have been supported by their performance tonight. Didn’t do much wrong in his 22 minutes, though. 6
Marley Watkins (on 79) – could have added a third in injury time but for the sprawling Smithies. 7
Marco Stiepermann (on 85) – looked calm and composed in his short time on the pitch. 6

Queens Park Rangers

Alex Smithies – made some important saves from Hoolahan and others to keep QPR in the game until the second goal, which he was not to blame for. 7

James Perch – won more interceptions (4) than any player on the pitch. A solid performance from the defender, who leaves the match with a little credit. 7
Nedum Onuoha – questionable whether QPR can challenge for the top half while he remains captain. Poor display tonight. 4
Joel Lynch – too slow to react defensively. Targeted as a weak link by Norwich and was largely responsible for the sloppy goals QPR conceded. 3

Pawel Wszolek – picked up an injury on 29 minutes and was a big loss for the Rs. 6
Massimo Luongo – won a few tackles but was otherwise off the pace. Did not show the desire to close his opponent down for the second goal. 4
Josh Scowen – more influential than his midfield partners, but in terms of tenacity rather than technique. Blazed over from distance on 52 minutes and 21 later, his free-kick curled over the bar. 6
Luke Freeman – was put out on the left in the second half, where he became less involved. Didn’t provide enough quality in the final third. 4
Jake Bidwell – camped in the opposing half and sometimes found it hard to recover his defensive position in transition and protect Lynch. 3

Conor Washington – slashed wide his chance in injury time. Lost possession eight times (WhoScored) and didn’t offer the attacking thrust to justify that. 3
Jamie Mackie – came close to scoring once in each half. Works hard but the fact he fired wide from a position adjacent to the penalty spot suggests he lacks a certain ruthlessness. 4

Kazenga Lua Lua (on 29) – replaced Wszolek in the wing-back role, which is not his natural game. 3
Darnell Furlong (on 65) – would have been the more natural replacement for Wszolek at wing-back. When he did come on, it was to play right-back in 4-4-2 in a change that didn’t work. 3
Matt Smith (on 71) – was the target for much of QPR’s late play. Won plenty of headers but, through no fault of his own, suffered from a lack of support. 6