Norwich City 3-1 Stevenage: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 21:48 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 15 August 2018

James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road.

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James Ball of Stevenage scores during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 07463250714 14/08/2018

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Stevenage travelled to Championship side Norwich City in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS from Carrow Road.

Marco Stiepermann of Norwich City scores the opening goal during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road.

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14/08/2018Marco Stiepermann of Norwich City scores the opening goal during the Carabao Cup first round match between Norwich City and Stevenage at Carrow Road. Picture by Martyn Haworth. 07463250714 14/08/2018

Stevenage:

Seny Timothy-Dieng: 7 - The Zurich-born 23-year-old was signed from QPR earlier this month after impressing in pre-season came in for the rested Paul Farman who moved to the bench for this cup tie. Was let down badly by his defence for Stieperman’s goal. Can be proud of his debut after showing good hands and footwork in a crowded box at times.

Luther Wildin: 7 – So much more to come from this talented right-back. Excellent athleticism and technique but has to concentrate at all times. Has to take collective responsibility as part of the backline which switched off dismally for the Norwich goal. Will be better for the experience.

Scott Cuthbert: 7 - Questions have to be asked of the defence including this tough defender after the Canaries were allowed the freedom of Carrow Road to go 1-0 up. Worked hard and showed character to try and remedy the error.

Ben Nugent: 7 - Another who should be staying behind at Bragbury End for extra training on how to pick up forwards from corners. The goal, while a defensive aberration was simply unacceptable. He and Boro are far better than that dreadful moment.

John Hunt: 7 - Replaced the veteran Ronnie Henry but another of the backline who should spend the rest of the week staying behind for extra defensive practice. Knowing Dino Maamria and his backroom staff my word they will make them sweat this week. They need to.

Joel Byrom: 7 - Put in a shift. An excellent acquisition for Boro, and not just on set pieces.

Michael Timlin: 7 - Consistency personfied in the heart of the battle

James Ball: 8 - This exciting prospect signed from Stockport this summer hit a superb free-kick past McGovern to level moments before the break. Deserved his goal after being cynically tripped yards outside the box when free. Two for the season already, will be looking to beat his total of 13 for County last term at this rate. Earned his ovation after being subbed half way through the second half after giving his all.

Kurtis Guthrie: 7 - Languid style belies a good work rate. Shows good technique

Alex Reid: 6.5 - Not as influential as he would have liked and was replaced by James Ferry shortly after half time.

Alex Revell: 7 – Battled hard as he always does and gave his all on and off the ball. Let the experienced Norwich backline know they were in a game. A true professional who is a credit to the game.

Substitutes:

James Ferry: 7 – Worked hard with no little flair in a hectic game

Donovan Makoma: 7 – The new French signing replaced Ball.

Norwich City:

Michael McGovern: 6.5 – Canaries boss Daniel Farke admitted beforehand he would make changes and the experienced former Newcastle keeper Tim Krul made way after a disappointing 4-3 home defeat to West Brow on Saturday, as his side faced their fourth match in 12 days. The 34-year-old Northern Ireland keeper was well beaten by James Ball as Boro equalised just before half time.

Felix Passlack: 6.5 – On loan from Borussia Dortmund, the 20-year-old looks a good prospect but was lucky not to be sanctioned after cynically tripping Ball as he powered through on goal. Karma saw the former Stockport man fire his free-kick home.

Christoph Zimmermann: The 25-year-old former Borussia Mönchengladbach academy centre-back has flourished since following Daniel Farke from Borussia Dortmund II last summer, with a new Carrow Road contract signed before Christmas underling his impact. Impressed at the Emirates against Arsenal last term, prompting Arsene Wenger to inquire about the defender. Lucky to score but the unintentional backheel was reward for his sterling efforts throughout the 90 minutes.

Ben Godfrey: 7 - Solid

Max Aarons: 7 – Showed quality

Tom Trybull: 5 - Ineffectual. No surprise he was replaced at half-time.

Morris Leitner: 7.5 - The former Stuttgart man had his loan deal made permanent this summer after signing a four-year deal after also appearing for Serie A giants Lazio. Provider of probing crosses into the box and was on the end of one from Stieperman to put the Canaries ahead after slack marking from Boro. Excellent technique and vision.

Louis Thompson: 7 – Worked hard

Marco Stieperman: 7.5 - The 27-year-old attacking midfielder should have put the Canaries in front on 18 minutes but his looping header flew over Deny’s bar when well placed. The roles were reversed when the former Bochum man crossed for his colleague to put the home side ahead after poor defending from the Boro backline.

Todd Cantwell: 7 - Put in a good shift

Dennis Srbeny: 7.5 - The Berlin-born former SC Padeborn looked lively all game. Should have scored but was denied by the excellent Dieng.

Substitutes:

Teemu Pukki: 7.5 – Hard to believe the former Sevilla, Schalke, Celtic and Brondby former international forward is still only 28. Sealed the victory with a low right-footed shot across Dieng. A class act.

Kenny Mclean: 7 – The left-footed Scotland international who joined the Canaries from Aberdeen replaced Trybull at half-time. The 26-year-old flighted a corner for his captain Zimmermann to score from.

Onel Hernandez: 7.5 – Provided three assists for the Canaries during their 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Baggies on Saturday and showed his quality as soon as he came on to pressurise the tiriong Boro backine. Another excellent addition to the Canaries squad from the astute Farke.

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