- Man City vs Norwich

Saturday 2 November 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Referee: Phil Dowd | Attendance 47,066

Man City
  • Bradley Johnson (16 OG)
  • David Silva (20)
  • Russell Martin (25 OG)
  • Álvaro Negredo (36)
  • Yaya Touré (60)
  • Sergio Agüero (71)
  • Edin Dzeko (86)
Man City
7 - 0
Norwich
Norwich

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Manchester City earned an emphatic 7-0 victory over Norwich City as seven different players scored in their biggest-ever Barclays Premier League win.

The hosts’ goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who earned his first start of the Barclays Premier League season, had little to do as his outfield team-mates comfortably secured the points.

A Bradley Johnson own goal set the ball rolling, before further first-half efforts from David Silva, Matija Nastasic and Alvaro Negredo put the hosts firmly in control.

Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko added goals five, six and seven after the break as the match lived up to its goal-rich reputation, with 25 having been scored in the previous four top-flight meetings between the two sides.

In addition to Pantilimon replacing Joe Hart as goalkeeper, Negredo replaced Javi Garcia in the only other alteration to the Man City side that started a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last Sunday.

Chris Hughton also made a double change to his Norwich side from last weekend’s goalless draw with Cardiff City, bringing Johnson and Steven Whittaker in for injured duo Alexander Tettey and Robert Snodgrass.

The hosts controlled possession in the early stages, but they had to wait until the 15th minute for a clear goalscoring opportunity - Samir Nasri drifting into the area from the left before firing an effort against the outside of the post.

Man City had a slice of fortune as they broke the deadlock a minute later. Silva saw a shot blocked by Russell Martin in the penalty area, before an Aguero strike took a huge deflection off Johnson and looped over a stranded John Ruddy.

And the hosts were two up within five minutes of going ahead, as Aguero cut the ball back for an advancing Silva, who made no mistake in sending a low drive beyond the Norwich goalkeeper.

The goals kept on coming for Manuel Pellegrini’s men with Nastasic the next to add his name to the scoresheet after 25 minutes - heading home from a corner via another significant deflection off Martin.

Negredo made it four from close range 10 minutes before the break.

Norwich called Pantilimon into action in the 38th minute, as the Romanian stopper got down well to touch Anthony Pilkington's effort wide of his post.

In the second period, Toure curled in goal number five from a 20-yard free-kick on the hour mark.

Aguero added a sixth from the centre of the penalty area in the 71st minute, before Dzeko completed the rout four minutes from time from the edge of the box.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I enjoyed the way the team played - we played really well in both the first and second half. We didn’t give any chance to Norwich to score and we scored seven goals and we had more options. I am very glad and very happy about that.

"It was important also to keep our clean sheet in our goal and important that the team play exactly the same independent of the score - that is the way I want to play.

"The league table is a very narrow difference between one team and another and we must continue in this way."

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton: "It has been a very difficult day - I have not been in a scoreline like that before as a manager. City were outstanding but if you gift them the type of goals we did today then it becomes difficult to win any football match.

"We have a support that have travelled to Old Trafford during the week and have come back to Manchester today and I feel for them because we were nowhere near it today and nowhere near good enough.

"We can only rectify it by working as hard as we can on the training pitch and we have to, for what progress we felt had been made in recent weeks with our work on the ball, we have gone backwards in our work without the ball.

"We realise that we weren’t good enough in the areas that matter. You have to be bigger and braver than what we were today. We are not used to it happening and at the moment it is hurting. I thought they didn’t have to work as hard as they should have done to get some of their goals today."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
30. Costel Pantilimon 5.97 5.09
5. Pablo Zabaleta 6.4 6.1
33. Matija Nastasic 6.57 5.58
22. Gaël Clichy 5.77 5.08
26. Martín Demichelis 5.42 5.16
42. Yaya Touré 7.94 7.18
8. Samir Nasri 6.65 6.35
25. Fernandinho 6.1 6.03
21. David Silva 7.64 7.1
16. Sergio Agüero 8.54 7.6
9. Álvaro Negredo 7.17 6.8
Substitutes All Fans BFR
10. Edin Dzeko 6.38 6.11
7. James Milner 5.13 5.32
2. Micah Richards 4.92 5.17
15. Jesús Navas 5.97 6.22
6. Joleon Lescott 4.05 4.87
1. Joe Hart 3.71 5.49
13. Aleksandar Kolarov 6.0 5.43
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 3.81 4.89
6. Michael Turner 3.23 4.34
23. Martin Olsson 3.0 4.55
5. Sébastien Bassong 2.85 4.3
2. Russell Martin 3.04 4.28
10. Leroy Fer 3.58 4.79
3. Steven Whittaker 3.48 4.8
4. Bradley Johnson 3.37 4.24
12. Anthony Pilkington 3.16 5.18
8. Jonathan Howson 3.44 4.88
11. Gary Hooper 2.74 4.8
Substitutes All Fans BFR
31. Josh Murphy 3.45 3.37
18. Javier Garrido 3.89 4.64
16. Johan Elmander 4.77 4.64
14. Wes Hoolahan 2.43 4.19
13. Mark Bunn 2.5 2.41
24. Ryan Bennett 2.0 4.1
19. Luciano Becchio 2.5 1.95

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