Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich City: odds for Paddy Davitt’s players after Canaries Championship win | A rose


Grant Hanley was a solid barrier for Norwich City in a 1-0 Championship win at Middlesbrough Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

Grant Hanley was a solid barrier for Norwich City in a 1-0 Championship win at Middlesbrough Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Group football editor Paddy Davitt showed his marks after the Canaries’ 1-0 championship win at Middlesbrough.

Here’s Paddy’s verdict on table toppers from Daniel Farke, who has found a way to overcome an engaged Boro in a trait that is quickly becoming a key tenet of this championship fight.

• Tim Krul

Pellée the low strike from Marvin Johnson in the first half. Even when an opponent can beat him from the penalty spot, it doesn’t count. Remarkable. Third blank sheet in a row. sept

• Max Aarons

A decisive dart and a trade with Przemyslaw Placheta brought the penalty, converted by Teemu Pukki. sept

• Grant Hanley

Outsmarted Chuba Akpom in the first half, when Tim Krul misjudged the flight of a looping ball in his box. Even better near the post block with Britt Assombalonga designed to shoot up close. So important now for this Norwich baseline that he stays in shape. 8

• Ben Gibson

Bailed out Krul, who could only parry Johnson’s initial strike. A historic reunion with his childhood club then looked like it turned sour when he knocked down Marcus Tavernier, who emerged from his blind side in the penalty area. Fate was with him, however. sept

• Jacob Sorensen

Escaping a second yellow card for a late body check left Neil Warnock furious. The first for a poorly chosen tackle on Jonny Howson was tough. Enter another stable display in an unknown position. He better get used to it for the predictable it seems. That said, it’s part of a defense that stacks up clean sheets. sept

• Oliver Skipp

Pleasure of appetite for rotational work encapsulated by his backtracking and flight to stop a Boro counter that drew applause from the technical area outside. Another key intervention before the break to cut a cross from his nearby post to Akpom. sept

• Lukas Rupp

Did not appreciate the relentless press from Boro midfielder for the first 45 minutes. He probably had one of the Canaries’ best chances of the opening period when he pulled a right-footed shot wide. Farke later revealed although he finished the contest that the hamstrings continue to bother the German. A worry. sept

• Emi Buendia

Marcus Bettinelli had he scrambled 20 yards, but his curler made a wide arc. A fascinating run tied two Boro defenders in knots but Marco Stiepermann’s shot was blocked. Connection inches with the bottom center of Placheta in the second half. sept

• Marco Stiepermann

Isolated before the interval with City’s central midfielder and defense on the back foot. 6

• Przemyslaw Placheta

Two top drawer crosses in either half that went the length of the six yard box with no takers. His pace is a useful outlet when City is under duress. But a sloppy touch on the edge of his own box contributed to the streak that earned Boro a penalty. sept

• Jordan Hugill

Not the return he hoped for. Little to no service and a suspected shoulder ligament injury cut his afternoon to the gap. 6

City replacements

• Teemu Pukki (pour Hugill, 45 ans) 7

In a rich vein of purpose form. A cool, fake penalty has scored his sixth in the last nine outings for club and country. Dael Fry’s excellent ultimate challenge denied him a chance to test Bettinelli earlier. Paddy McNair deflected another incline effort into the side net.

• Kenny McLean (for Buendia, 81) n / a

• Alex Tettey (for Stiepermann, 90 + 3) n / a

• Christoph Zimmermann (for Placheta, 90 + 3) n / a

• Mario Vrancic (for Sorensen, 90 + 4) n / a


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