Manchester City vs. Norwich City Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
Manchester City swept Norwich City aside in the Premier League as they thumped seven past the Canaries without reply at the Etihad.
Man City are brilliant, but this Norwich display has to be among to worst ever witnessed in the PL. Disorganised, disinterested, pedestrian— Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) November 2, 2013
The first half started with one-way traffic as Manchester City dominated possession, pulling Norwich all over the pitch with Sergio Aguero and David Silva central to everything. After only 10 minutes, it seemed the pattern of the game was set, and 15 minutes later it was all but over.
A scruffy goal opened the scoring after Silva and Aguero saw shots partially blocked, but the latter's effort looped into the net off Bradley Johnson.
Aguero and Samir Nasri both had chances soon afterwards, but it was Silva who netted the second, driving home low after Aguero laid the ball off to him.
The third arrived on 25 minutes as Matija Nastasic headed home from a corner, and Alvaro Negredo scored the last goal of the first half 11 minutes later.
The away side's first shot of the game came only seven minutes before the break, but Anthony Pilkington's effort never really looked like it was beating the keeper.
After the break—when Norwich made a double sub and City brought Edin Dzeko on—it was much more of the same, with City relentless in their pressing high up the pitch to create chance after chance. The only surprise was that they didn't reach double figures by the end of the game.
Yaya Toure scored the fifth with a curling free kick into the top corner, before Aguero finally got a deserved goal with a left-footed shot after a half-cleared cross.
The last word came from Dzeko, who swivelled to hit the seventh late in the game.
Key Player Grades
David Silva: A
He troubled Norwich all afternoon. Along with Aguero and Samir Nasri, he was the standout player of the first hour or so before being substituted. Great technical ability and creativity, and the away team couldn't live with his invention.
Sergio Aguero: A
Another superb performer on the day, Aguero never stopped running, and his movement as much as his technical ability helped create chance after chance. He only scored one, but had a big hand in many of City's goals.
Costel Pantilimon: B
Displacing Joe Hart in City's goal, he made his first save after 37 minutes and didn't have an awful lot more to do thereafter. As comfortable an afternoon as he could have possibly hoped for.
Following their biggest win of the season, City move to 19 points after 10 matches, while their goal difference was also given a huge helping hand. They play Sunderland away next, while Norwich, marooned in the bottom three, play West Ham at home.
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