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Norwich City sprung a last-day Barclays Premier League surprise as they beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium. Jack Rodwell had twice equalised for Brian Kidd's side after goals from Anthony Pilkington and Grant Holt, but Jonny Howson's wonderful individual effort sealed a well-earned win for the visitors.
City, who were guaranteed a second-place finish regardless of the result, made five changes and brought in Pablo Zabaleta, Alexandar Kolarov, Rodwell, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko to the starting line-up, David Silva missed out, with Sergio Aguero only fit enough for a place on the bench. Norwich made just one change, Steven Whittaker replacing Fans' Player of the Season Sebastien Bassong in defence.
Dzeko saw a header saved early on but the visitors were sprightly and had City on the rack, with Pilkington going down under a Zabaleta challenge in the area, but no penalty was awarded, while Joleon Lescott had to clear Ryan Bennett's goal-bound header off the line.
Norwich got the reward for their period of sustained pressure on 25 minutes when Pilkington was slipped in on goal by Snodgrass, after the Scot had worked had to retain possession. Pilkington took full advantage, side-footing the ball past Joe Hart into the bottom right corner. The lead lasted just three minutes however, with Nasri playing the ball into Dzeko who laid it off for Rodwell. The former Everton midfielder placed a left-foot effort past John Ruddy to score his first for the club.
Norwich began the second half well, with Bradley Johnson's header forcing a good save from Snodgrass's cross on 48 minutes before the visitors again had a penalty claim turned down, when Snodgrass was adjudged not to have been fouled in the area by Yaya Toure.
Their energetic start was given the goal it deserved on 54 minutes when Norwich edged ahead again. Snodgrass squared across the area for Holt to tap home his eighth goal of the season. This time, Norwich held on to their lead for just four minutes and it was Rodwell again who brought the sides level. Toure won the ball on the edge of his own area and played the 22-year-old in with a ranging pass that took Whittaker out of the game. Rodwell doubled his tally for the club and the afternoon with a sweet strike across Ruddy to make it 2-2.
On 64 minutes, Norwich took the lead again with a magnificent solo run and finish from Howson. The former Leeds United man sprinted past Nasri and Toure before evading the tackles of both Lescott and Richards. He stayed calm and slotted past Hart into the bottom right corner to put his side ahead for the third time.
Dzeko had a golden opportunity to put his side back on level terms in the 79th minute but could only put Milner's cross from the right over the bar. Norwich withstood some late pressure from City but stood strong to secure what is just their second away win of the season.
Manchester City caretaker manager Brian Kidd: "Full credit to the lads, they've got stuck in and given their best and you can't ask for any more. We have fallen short of the standards we set last season, but it hasn't been for a lack of effort. You defend as a team and attack as a team, so you have to look collectively, but we haven't reached that consistency.
"I was asked to take charge for two games and America, which has been tough with the boss going. The club make the decisions and you abide by it. I'm a big boy."
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton: "The manner in which we achieved this win is most pleasing. You know they [Man City] are going to have the bulk of possession but we did really well with the ball. We were always a threat and I don't think anyone who saw that would say that we weren't worthy of what we got today.
"We want to develop and we have a very good side that has served us well this season. We won't forget that, but if we are able to strengthen then we will. Anyone we bring in has to be the right player, but it is our responsibility to the fans to try to keep improving."
|14 Dec 2013||v Man City (H)|
|21 Dec 2013||v Fulham (A)|
|26 Dec 2013||v Man City (H)|
|28 Dec 2013||v Man City (H)|
|01 Jan 2014||v Swansea (A)|
|12 Jan 2014||v Newcastle (A)|