John McCormick writes: Keir Bradwell’s very harsh on himself in comparing his lateness this week with the players’ performance. He’s doing it for love and without pay, they aren’t doing it at all and are getting a fortune. You might disagree with some of these judgements, in which case you’d probably be an American called Jozy or one of his friends. Without further ado, it’s over to Keir
Norwich 2 – 0 Sunderland Player Ratings
Apologies for my lateness this week. It, like our performance last week, is inexcusable.
Vito Mannone – 6
Solid as usual, once he’d recovered from a shaky start. There was nothing he could do to stop either goal. A fairly standard performace, and it’s telling that he was one of the best Sunderland players on the day.
Phil Bardsley – 3
Another poor game from Bardsley, continuing his recent run of underwhelming performances. Failed to impact the game in any positive way, and was often caught in possession when defending, leaving huge amounts of space behind him.
John O’Shea – 3
Should’ve prevented the opening goal, and didn’t cope very well with the pressure of the game at all. Managed to keep the goals down to two, though.
Wes Brown – 4
Brown had a better game than O’Shea, although that doesn’t count for much. Looked slightly more composed but didn’t play anywhere as well has done previously.
Marcos Alonso – 4
Not as good as the week before, due to a silly red card and generally a worse showing in both attack and defence. The team spirit as a whole was far more negative than against Palace, and Alonso was a prime example of how it had changed.
Adam Johnson – 3
Needed a goal, again, to boost his confidence, but, again, couldn’t get one. Completely ineffectual other than a few decent crosses.
Ki Sung-Yueng – 1
Had a very poor first 40 minutes before being rightly taken off. Achieved absolutely nothing, and, as others have argued, our drop in results parallels that of Ki’s drop in form.
Liam Bridcutt – 3
Worked reasonably well in the second half, but was very sloppy. It helped having Cattermole next to him, but together they only really did one man’s job.
Jack Colback – 1
Did anyone notice he was playing? Nope, me neither.
Fabio Borini – 4
Worked hard, something that cannot be said of others. I really think he should be brought into the centre alongside Connor Wickham against Liverpool. He looks isolated down the left hand side and needs to get the ball more often, because when he has it, he’s very capable of doing good things with it. Due to this isolation, and also a drop in form as with everyone else, he failed to produce anything of note during the game.
Jozy Altidore – 1
Absolutely, criminally, terrible.
Lee Cattermole – 6
Managed to do Bridcutt’s job with Bridcutt’s help. Let us grow into the game though, and showed desire that nobody else did. Man of the Match, because without him, we’d have had an even worse second half than the first.
Seb Larsson – 4
Had a fantastic, faultless, even, first 40 minutes, which was then ruined by his substitution on to the pitch in the 40th minute, in which he impacted the game perhaps even less than when he was warming up down the touchline earlier.
Actually, I thought he was alright, if only because my comparative measures here are Ki and Colback.
Nacho Scocco – 2
I really hope Scocco adjusts, because otherwise he’ll be in a permanent state of terrible-ness. Achieved absolutely nothing when he came on (in line with everyone else, then). An extra mark over Colback because while they had the same impact, Scocco still looked like he might do something. I’m getting less and less sure that he will, ever, though.
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