Wales v Norway Player Ratings

Wayne Hennessey 6

Relatively little to do, but poor decision making resulted in a howler which let Norway back into the game in the second half.

Chris Gunter 8

Another impressive defensive display. His crosses caused Norway problems in the first half.

Darcy Blake 8.5

A contender for the ‘Man of the Match’ Dealt with everything Norway threw at him. Firmly cementing his place as first choice centre back with each display for Wales.

Ashley Williams 8

Another typically composed display from the Swansea City defender.

Adam Matthews 7

Started brightly and made some good interceptions, but struggled at times to contain the threat of Huseklepp.

Gareth Bale 8.5

An audible buzz of anticipation resonates throughout the crowd whenever this man is on the ball. Another superb display from the Spurs midfielder and a brilliantly-taken opening goal.

Aaron Ramsey 8

Was influential in the opening 20 minutes of the first half but forced to drop deeper to receive the ball in the second, reducing his impact on the game.

Andrew Crofts 7

Crofts is the epitome of ‘unsung hero’ in this Wales side. The unfortunate deflection for Norway’s goal aside , another solid display from the midfielder. Mopped up everything in midfield and nullified the Norwegian attack.

Joe Allen 6

Showed some nice touches, but seemed to be trying too hard to impress at times and it didn’t quite come off for him today.

Craig Bellamy 9

Terrified Norway with his electric pace and was at the heart of all Wales’ attacking moves. Sensational.


Steve Morison 7

Fantastic work rate but found it tough as a lone striker.

Substitutions

Sam Vokes for Steve Morison 8

Despite his late introduction, managed to get onto the score sheet twice in two minutes.

Hal Robson-Kanu for Joe Allen 7

Worked hard to close down the ball and set up Sam Vokes for the fourth goal.

David Edwards for Craig Bellamy (90 minutes)

Andy King for Aaron Ramsey (90 minutes)

Manager: Gary Speed 8

Another positive result, although the final score line flattered Wales. The manager and his team will learn from mistakes made in the second half.

Images courtesy of www.faw.org

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