REPORT: MAN CITY 7-0 CITYNORWICH City suffered embarrassment at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday afternoon as they lost 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
The goals started in fortunate fashion for the hosts as Bradley Johnson knew nothing about his own goal, but the hosts soon got into their stride.
Further first half goals from David Silva, Matija Nastastic and Alvaro Negredo put the hosts in a commanding position at half-time.
City made changes at the break, but strikes from Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko completed the rout.
Chris Hughton had made two enforced changes before the game, with Steven Whittaker and Johnson coming in for injured pair Robert Snodgrass and Alexander Tettey.
Manchester City made the expected swap of Costel Pantilimon for Joe Hart in goal – their line-up contained no British players, with Negredo starting in attack.
As to be expected, the home team dominated possession in the opening passages of play, and they had their first chance on 15 minutes when Samir Nasri burst into the box down the left but sliced his shot wide.
That had come after a decent spell on the ball for the Canaries, but Manchester City bundled in the game’s opening goal two minutes later.
After Silva’s initial shot was blocked, Aguero fired low – his effort was blocked by Michael Turner and it ricocheted off Johnson, looping over Ruddy into the goal.
Things got worse for City three minutes on when Silva himself doubled their advantage – the Spanish midfielder gratefully received Aguero’s pass and tucked the ball home via a John Ruddy hand.
Nastastic then rose to head home Samir Nasri’s corner on 24 minutes, with the Canaries’ defence slow to react once more to a threat in their own box.
The team faced a huge task in trying to haul themselves back into the contest, but it was all but over come the 35-minute mark as the hosts notched their fourth.
It was simple football yet again – Yaya Toure chipped a delightful ball into Aguero’s path, and he squared it instantly to Negredo, who couldn’t miss from two yards out despite the presence of two Norwich City defenders.
Toure then shot straight as Ruddy as Manchester City ran rampant, and when the half-time whistle went it must have been almost a relief for the players walking down the tunnel.
HALF-TIME: Manchester City 4-0 Norwich City
Hughton responded at the break by introducing Murphy for his Premier League debut and Johan Elmander in place of Gary Hooper, and the Swedish striker should have scored on 54 minutes.
Johnson found himself in space on the left and his ball was perfect for Elmander, but he scooped his effort over Pantilimon’s bar.
Ruddy then saved superbly from Nasri before Manchester City scored their fifth – Edin Dzeko was fouled by Johnson 20 yards out, and Toure curled a trademark set-piece home, leaving Ruddy helpless.
Sebastien Bassong was at fault for Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s sixth goal on 72 – the Canaries’ skipper sliced his clearance straight to Aguero, who drilled home first time with his left foot.
Jesus Navas almost got a seventh when sprinting through with ten minutes left of the clock, but this time Ruddy was his equal, tipping his shot around the post.
Ruddy then reacted superbly to deny Martin Demichelis, but it was only a matter of time before they got their seventh goal and it was Dzeko who turned smartly on the edge of the box and finished tidily into the bottom corner.
FULL-TIME: Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City
GOALS: Manchester City: Bradley Johnson OG (17), David Silva (20), Matija Nastasic (24), Alvaro Negredo (35), Yaya Toure (60), Sergio Aguero (72), Edin Dzeko (86).
MANCHESTER CITY: Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Nastasic, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Silva (Navas 73), Aguero, Nasri (Milner 71); Negredo (Dzeko 45). Subs not used: Hart (GK), Lescott, Richards, Kolarov.
NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, Bassong (c), Olsson; Whittaker (Josh Murphy 45), Fer, Johnson, Pilkington; Howson; Hooper (Elmander 45). Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Hoolahan, Garrido, Becchio, R Bennett.