Six clearances, six duels won: Norwich man shines in 3-1 win

Norwich City beat Blackpool 3-1 on Saturday to go to the top of the Championship, with Jos Hooiveld impressing in the heart of their defence.

Norwich City's 3-1 win away to Blackpool on Saturday saw the Canaries climb to the top of the Championship table after previous leaders Nottingham Forest dropped two points against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The win means Neil Adams' side now have 20 points after nine games played, with goals from Lewis Grabban, Josh Murphy and an own-goal from Donervon Daniels securing the victory.

But for all their attacking quality, Norwich owed plenty to their back-line, with all four defenders excelling in their own way.

However, it was Jos Hooiveld's performance that was the most impressive from a statistical point of view.

The on-loan centre-back may have only had a 76 per cent pass accuracy (the worst of any of Norwich's defenders at the weekend) but he made more effective clearances (both with his head and with his feet) then any of his defensive teammates.  He also won five times as many aerial duels and twice as many ground duels as the trio.

  Passing AccuracyEffective ClearanceEffective Head ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonInterception WonMins Played
Russell Martin 85% 0 0 3 1 1 90
Martin Olsson 80% 4 1 3 1 3 90
Michael Turner 78% 2 0 3 1 6 90
Jos Hooiveld 76% 4 2 6 5 3 90

Hooiveld's contribution should not be underestimated and if he can continue in that vein for the rest of the season there is no reason Norwich cannot make a swift return to the top flight.

And if so, the Dutchman may see his temporary move from Southampton made permanent.

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