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Chelsea 4-1 Norwich City: Player Ratings

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Chelsea widened their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points after an impressive 4-1 victory over Norwich City. Juan Mata was their key tormentor and the Spaniard dominated the midfield entirely on the evening. This is Norwich’s sixth straight loss against Chelsea and the Canaries now sit in 19th position having scored just 3 points from 7 games this season.

Norwich did deal the first blow with Grant Holt finding the opener after just 11 minutes, but Chelsea responded swiftly through Torres in the 14th minute. Lampard struck in the 22nd minute and Hazard’s goal in the 31st minute almost sealed the game for the dominant Blues before half-time. Ivanovic chipped in with an 76th minute slammer to compound the misery of the battered Canaries.

Chris Hughton continues to look for an elusive first win whereas his Blues counterpart marched on strong in a bid to add the Premier League to his list of conquests with the West Londoners.

Chelsea 4-1 Norwich Match Report

Chelsea:

Petr Cech: 5/10

The Czech stopper had little work to do on today with the Blues defence performing well to keep out Norwich's resolute attackers. Barring Holt's opener, the keeper did well to maintain his side's dominance in the game.

Branislav Ivanovic: 8/10

The right-back was phenomenal on the night, keeping out Norwich's attack from the wings, while himself joining Chelsea's attacking unit in attack. The Serbian's attacking skill was duly rewarded as he netted the Blues' fourth goal.

John Terry: 6/10

The skipper did fairly well to hold up the defensive line against Norwich despite being bogged down by off-field controversies.

David Luiz: 7/10

The Brazilian defender was on the top of his game, keeping out the persistent Norwich attacks with ease.

Ashley Cole: 5/10

The Englishman failed to keep out Hoolahan's cross that ultimately led to Norwich's opener. In attack as well, Cole failed to find his rhythm with the rest of the team.

John Obi Mikel: 6/10

The Nigerian star had a decent day in midfield as he backed up the rampaging duo of Mata and Oscar.

Frank Lampard: 6/10

The experienced midfielder was relatively slower than his other midfield compatriots but played a pivotal role in handing Chelsea the lead.

Juan Mata: 9/10

The Spaniard continued to dazzle for the Blues, playing a key role in all of Chelsea's attacks on the evening.

Oscar: 8/10

The young Brazilian showed why Di Matteo placed immense faith in his abilities, partnering up well with Mata to keep Chelsea's attack going strong.

Eden Hazard: 6/10

Chelsea's biggest buy of the summer was not at the top of his form and barring his goal on the evening, he put in a fairly average performance.

Fernando Torres: 5/10

The Spanish striker did equalize for the Blues, but otherwise had a torrid day as he failed to convert several chances and was dispossessed far too easily by Norwich's defence.

Subs

Ramires: 6/10

Coming in after 67 minutes to replace Lampard, the midfielder played well alongside Mata to add pace to Chelsea's attacking unit.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 5/10

The right-back made a fairly decent Premier League debut and continued the flurry of aerial passes after replacing Ivanovic.

Oriol Romeu: 5/10

The Spaniard came on rather late at 82 minutes and played a brief role in Chelsea's persistent attacks.

Norwich City:

John Ruddy: 4/10

The Norwich stopper played a key role in ensuring that the margin of defeat stayed within respectable limits. The stopper was often left face-to-face with Chelsea's attack as Norwich defenders gave way rather easily.

Russell Martin: 2/10

The defender had a very forgettable day at the office and was caught unaware as Hazard romped past him to slot in Chelsea's third of the night.

Leon Barnett: 3/10

The defender contributed fairly well in attack, assisting Holt for the opener, but failed to step up to his primary job as Norwich let in 4 goals on the evening.

Sebastien Bassong: 2/10

The Cameroonian star had a nightmare return from injury and appeared rather slow on the night as the rampant Chelsea attackers often left him in their wake.

Javier Garrido: 2/10

The Spanish left-back was equally erratic as his defensive counterparts and barely assisted in attack.

Elliot Bennett: 3/10

The midfielder saw little of the ball and was outclassed heavily by Juan Mata.

Jonny Howson: 3/10

The central midfielder failed to conduct play well and often lost the ball rather cheaply to Oscar or Mata.

Wes Hoolahan: 5/10

The Irishman was one of the few decent attackers for Norwich on the evening and constantly kept up the aerial attacks on the Chelsea defence.

Bradley Johnson: 4/10

The midfielder played well along the wings, providing the strikers an aerial route to find the net, but Norwich failed to find an answer to Chelsea's goals.

Alexander Tettey: 2/10

The forward was slow and made very little of his few chances as Norwich failed to open up Chelsea's defensive unit.

Grant Holt: 4/10

After an impressive opening goal, the striker failed to find his scoring boots and misfired constantly in the second half.

Subs

Anthony Pilkington: 3/10

The midfielder's introduction midfielder's introduction into the match after 68 minutes had little effect on Norwich's lacklustre attack.

Steve Morison: 3/10

After replacing Holt at 77 minutes, the forward had little opportunity to salvage some lost pride for the Canaries.

Ryan Bennett: 3/10

The defender replaced the hapless Bassong after 78 minutes but could do little to stop the Blues from adding one more goal to their tally.

Chelsea 4-1 Norwich Match Report