Norwich City hosted Chelsea in a five-goal thriller, which saw the Canaries narrowly lose to their opponents, the final score being 3-2 to Frank Lampard’s side.
Despite the scoreline, Norwich wowed once again with their performance and showed they could compete in the big time. There were some tough lessons learnt but Daniel Farke will be hoping his team can take the positives into their next game.
It was very open right from the start, when Tammy Abraham fired the away side into the lead early on. Just three minutes later however, the Canaries found an equaliser through Todd Cantwell, who side-footed the ball in from close in.
The game continued in tight fashion and Chelsea regained their lead after 17 minuted when Mason Mount’s shot went into the top corner. The hosts responded quickly yet again though when a through ball from Emi Buendia found Teemu Pukki, who calmly slotted the ball into the far corner.
A second-half mistake from Grant Hanley meant that Chelsea regained their lead once more through Tammy Abraham. City came close after then, with Ben Godfrey hitting the crossbar, but couldn’t force the ball over the line.
But how did Norwich’s players perform? Here are our player ratings for the match.
Tim Krul - 7
The flying Dutchman’s leadership was crucial once again. In the first-half he produced a fantastic reaction save and in the second did extremely well to hold Emerson’s powerful effort. He could do nothing about all three of Chelsea’s goals.
Max Aarons - 6
An average performance – didn’t really offer much going forward and left exposed at the back. He gave away the ball for Chelsea’s second goal.
Grant Hanley - 6
Did well up until Chelsea’s third goal, where he didn’t focus on the ball and allowed Tammy Abraham in and find the back of the net.
Ben Godfrey - 8
Our Man-of-the-Match, Ben looked incredibly composed on the ball and in defence. Didn’t put a foot wrong all game, and came close to scoring – hitting the bar following a corner (in which he ran the entire length of the pitch to win)
Jamal Lewis - 6
The game passed by the youngster and he didn’t have the impact he would have probably hoped for. Looked relatively calm on the ball but lost possession a couple of times.
Moritz Leitner - 6
A poor performance from the German, who never really settled into the game. Leitner was not at all calm or composed on the ball, and was unusually sloppy. He will be looking to put it right in Norwich’s next fixture.
Tom Trybull - 6
Was a very mediocre performance from Trybull, didn’t really catch the eye as he did in the Newcastle game but the midfielder was calm on the ball.
Emi Buendia - 6
Not everything he tried came off – gave the ball away unnecessarily but did provide an assist for Teemu Pukki.
Marco Stiepermann - 5
Another disappointing performance from Marco, incredibly sloppy on the ball – his ball control was poor all game. He faces getting dropped for Norwich’s next game after failing to prove himself yet again.
Todd Cantwell - 7
A class performance again from Cantwell, always a threat – despite not always happening for him – got his first goal in the Premier league and he will be hoping for more to come.
Teemu Pukki - 8
provided an assist for Todd Cantwell and scored his 5th goal of the season, becoming only the second player to score 5 from their first 3 Premier league games – and remaining the league’s top scorer.
Mario Vrancic- N/A
Kenny Mclean – N/A
Dennis Srbeny – N/A