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14 April 2012
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 26812
A. Surman 51'
C. Tévez 18', 73', 80'
S. Agüero 27', 75'
A. Johnson 90'+
Well that's it from me, Miles Chambers, but there's plenty more footballing action all weekend on Goal.com. Manchester City fans, enjoy your win and resurgent title challenge. Norwich City fans, your team fought well at times but were undone by a world class performance - nothing to be ashamed of! Thanks to all the neutrals who stopped by in this play-by-play, and apologies to the United who dropped by hoping to see City lose!
Onespro: "Man city back to recovery. but ther hopes depend on man united. ooh what a pity to poor norwich." Very true. The pressure is on Manchester United to get a win at home to Aston Villa tomorrow. Can they pull it off? Or will it come down to the wire (aka, when the two Manchester sides clash at the Etihad Stadium at the end of April)? Let me know your thoughts - @Miles_Chambers on Twitter!
sarahhloves1D, who showed her support earlier for the Blues at half-time in this LIVE commentary, writes: "Norwich 1-5 Man City YESSSSSSS!" Does she have a reason to be excited? I'd certainly say so. Mancini and co are back in the title race without a shadow of a doubt after this enthralling performance at Carrow Road.
Jake Watson, Goal.com's correspondent at Carrow Road, adds on Johnson's goal: "Do you remember at the beginning of the game when I said I fancied Norwich for the win today? Just how wrong was I!? Man City have now scored six as substitute Adam Johnson strokes in to compile further misery on the home support. The visitors broke quick to find Norwich short in numbers in defence and as Aguero crossed for Clichy he squared the ball for an on-rushing Adam Johnson who had the most simplest of tasks."
Full-time! This match finishes Norwich City 1-6 Manchester City! A goal pulled back by Andrew Surman after half-time was forgotten about when the Blues scored four times in the latter half. Carlos Tevez scored twice to bag a hat-trick, Sergio Aguero got a well-deserved second before Adam Johnson added insult to injury with a stoppage-time tap-in.
90' + 3'
Assist Gael Clichy
90' + 3'
Goal Adam Johnson
GOAL!! Norwich have looked more and more stretched tired as the game has gone on and this sixth goal was coming. Adam Johnson scores after Sergio Aguero's whipped cross from the right. Gael Clichy taps the ball back across to the unmarked England winger, who taps home to make it Norwich City 1-6 Manchester City!
90' + 2'
Micah Richards is slide tackled brilliantly by Ryan Bennett. It doesn't make up for his defensive failings in other periods of the game but it is a brilliant tackle as the England right-back is about to shoot.
90' + 1'
Aguero is denied by the post this time! So close to getting a hat-trick and matching his subbed team-mate Carlos Tevez.
Man City sub Adam Johnson clips the bar with a toe-poked shot from the edge of the box after Aguero's running pass from the right flank.
I'm enjoying the simple response on Twitter from Jeleel Yesiru: "Unbelievable."
This was the scoreline between the two teams earlier in the season when Norwich visited the Etihad Stadium. On that occasion to result didn't tell the full story of Norwich's grit and resilience, just as it doesn't this time. Still, world class attacking movement and finishing has prevailed for Manchester City today.
Hanna Bassil questions on Twitter: "Where was this Man City team a few weeks ago when they needed the 3 points? Could it be too little too late?"
Nothing too much happening in the final five minutes but an additional goal from either side is not out of the equation as both sides try to beat each other's back four.
Oscar onyango ochien writes despairingly on Twitter: "ooh no no no no no poor norwich what a beating! my gosh!"
Liverpool have beaten Everton 2-1 in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, Andy Carroll scoring the winner. They will face either Chelsea or Totttenham in the final.
Immediately after the goal and Tevez is half-cheered, half-booed from the pitch as he is brought off for Micah Richards. All-in-all a quality performance from the previously exiled Argentine.
Goal Carlos Tévez
GOAL!! Carlos Tevez scores a hat-trick at Carrow Road, intercepting a weak pass-back from a Norwich centre-back, twisting past the rushing body of Ruddy and slotting easily into an open goal inside the Canaries area. Norwich City 1-5 Manchester City!
You'd forgive the Noriwch side for losing their spirit after conceding twice in less than two minutes to scupper a comeback, but lose their spirit they shall not. Morison gets down the right wing to the byline to whip a high cross in but Hart blocks with his hands and saves.
Goodbye Norwich revival and hello Manchester City's revived hopes of a title challenge...
Assist Yaya Touré
Goal Sergio Agüero
GOAL!! An immediate fourth goal on the counter-attack. Sergio Aguero dribbles from Yaya Toure's ball into his feet around 35 yards out, all the way into the Norwich box. The striker dummies on his left then curls on his right to score his second goal of the game and make it two goals in less than 90 seconds for the visitors. norwich City 1-4 Manchester City!
Assist Yaya Touré
Goal Carlos Tévez
GOAL!! Carlos Tevez gets his second goal of the game!! David Silva slides a disguised pass through to Yaya Toure, but the Ivorian midfielder's shot is blocked by Ruddy. The Argentine striker leaps higher than Ryan Bennett for the rebound and nods over the Norwich goalkeeper. Norwich 1-3 Manchester City!
Morison, the Wales international who has only recently come onto the field of play, fires a shot, miles over the Man City woodwork. Canaries fans will be hoping he doesn't lean back like he's lying on a sunbed when he shoots for the rest of the match.
Tevez makes a run through on goal but is ruled marginally offside. The correct decision from the assistant referee.
Khaled Saifi gives an opposing stance on Twitter: "City will concede a goal in the final minutes, after conceding the first goal.. i feel they're mentally weak!"
Zabaleta's shot from the edge of the Canaries' box is flapped over by Ruddy for a Manchester City corner. Nothing comes from David Silva's set-piece though and it's a goal-kick to the home side.
Aaron Wilbraham's shot inside the box is blocked heroically by the flying slide tackle of Gareth Barry. It's the Norwich striker's last action of the match as he is brought off for Steve Morison.
For the opposition, Norwich number 9 Grant Holt is getting some words of wisdom from manager Paul Lambert. He is planning his third anf final sub by the looks of it.
Since the Norwich goal, Manchester City have defended well it must be added. Aguero is down and receiving attention on his ankle at the moment.
Emilie Louise Carr writes enthusiastically on Twitter: "Come on city!!! We can win this! Well done for the first goals, we can get some more though!! COME ON WOOHOO!!!"
James E F Mijnlieff writes on Twitter: "Norwich getting squat. City will win. They will bring on johnson and he will dive plus win a penalty. Good luck norwich."
Yaya Toure is brought on to tighten up Man City's midfield in place of Samir Nasri.
Aguero alone up fron for Manchester City against about four defenders, but he somehow opens up some space before smashing a strike on target. Unfortunately for him and the rest of Manchester City's side, Tevez has caught up with the action and he accidentally blocks the drive from his fellow Argentina international.
Zabaleta is through on the City right this time, but he imitates Aguero moments ago and Silva early in the first half by firing straight at the Norwich keeper. Ruddy is good at this throwing-one's-body-in-front-of-the-ball business.
Yellow Card Ryan Bennett
Ryan Bennett is yellow carded for a cynical foul on Carlos Tevez who is rushing past him. Anyone who's ever watched wrestling in their life recognise that move as 'the clothesline'.
John Ruddy parries Aguero's hard-hit shot from the right away for a Man City corner, halfway inside the Norwich area.
By the way, Luis Suarez has equalised for Liverpool in their FA Cup semi-final with Everton. 1-1 the scores are with over half an hour left to play at Wembley.
Elliott Ward heads over on the penalty spot from Surman's deep cross from the left flank. The Carrow Road faithful have swollen in volume since the goal back from the half-time substitute.
Well, well, well! We have a game on our hands! Who sees Norwich getting something out of this game? Or will Manchester City hold on/push on for a victory? Message me @Miles_Chambers on Twitter boys and girls.
GOAL!! A cross is fired in from Norwich City's left, which is punched half-clear by Hart. Andrew Surman is waiting around 15 yards from goal to take a touch then drive the high ball sweetly into the back of the net. Norwich 1-2 Manchester City!
Goal Andrew Surman
Grant Holt has a pop on the half volley just on the left inside the Manchester City box, but he drags it wide and Joe Hart doesn't need to make a save.
Sergio Aguero has silky skills and can score impeccable goals but his poor touch on the halfway line, on the right flank for Man City, brings ecstatic cheers from the home crowd.
Norwich are pressing the away side impressively but Manchester City haven't stayed in the hunt for the league title without a solid defence. And yep, Gael Clichy blocks the cross from Surman and passes it clear via Samir Nasri's feet.
David Silva slots Carlos Tevez in down the right wing, but the striker's cross is too high and flies over every head for a Norwich throw on the left.
Andrew Surman and Wes Hoolahan are brought on fro Bradley Johnson and Anthony Pilkington as Norwich City manager Paul Lambert hopes to make the goal difference lessen in the second half.
Jake Watson,attending the ground for Goal.com, picked up something I missed before the half came to a close: "Grant Holt has just produced without a doubt the most comical attempt of a dive the Premier League has ever witnessed! The apparent burly striker was hoping to buy his side a free-kick on the edge of the area by taking a tumble with the assumption that Vincent Kompany was right behind him - though to everyone's embarrassment there was nobody within a few yards. Tom Daley would have been proud of that!"
sarahhloves1D writes on Twitter: "I do hope that City will win the PL although I think Utd will win it.. But if City win Utd at Etihad I will be happy"
So, it's 2-0 to Man City now, but how do you see the match ending? Who will score next? Can the Blues still win the Premier League title? Direct each, any and every answer @Miles_Chambers on Twitter.
45' + 3'
Half-time at Carrow Road! Norwich City 0-2 Manchester City, and it's a deserved lead for the visitors after two excellent goals from their Argetine striking duo. Joleon Lescott cleared Grant Holt's header off the line in the first 15 minutes, before Carlos Tevez turned the table with a sublime 30-yard strike. Sergio Aguero doubled the scoreline after some magnetic passing with the aforementioned goalscorer, slamming into the net from the edge of the box. Paul Lambert's men haven't shown too much desire since that second strike but they're not down and out just yet - expect an exciting second-half, I reckon.
45' + 2'
One last push up the pitch from Norwich..but Holt can't connect his head onto Elliott Bennet's ball from the right.
Aguero shows a nifty display of pace-change on the right wing, but his ball into the ball isn't quite as nifty. 2 minutes of stoppage time to play at Carrow Road.
Hal-time already at Wembley and the score is still Liverpool 0-1 Everton. More woe for Kenny Dalglish in a season to forget for the Scotsman despite winning the League Cup.
Yellow Card Samir Nasri
Chances have dried up somewhat as the half clatters to a close. Man City are content with their lead while Norwich look like a side in need of some half-time-talk momentum.
Gael Clichy defends ostutely against a slowing Wilbrahim - blocking his attempted cross then claiming the ball as his own and clearing it calmly.
Five minutes remain in this half that has flown by in a flurry of action and entertainment.
Manchester City nonchalantly shift the play back in their favour, momentarily camping in the Norwich half before the Canaries speedily attempt to counter-attack.
Man City captain Vincent Kompany pressures Wilbraham away from the box and leaves him stranded on Norwich's right wing. Eventually the Belgian kicks the ball away from the Canaries striker's feet and out for a throw-in. Top notch defensive work from the centre-back.
Who remembers my stat from earlier, about how betting on Aguero to score in this match was foolish as he hasn't scored outside Manchester or London? Erm, ignore that in hindsight...
Martin's ball into the box from the right flank is fired at an angled half-volley goalwards by Grant Holt. The venomous shot if saved well by Hart, who reaches to his right and parries the ball towards the floor before smothering it.
Manchester City's attacking four of Nasri, Silva, Tevez and Aguero are mouth-watering. For the sake of the neutral, I'm fairly annoyed Tevez threw his toys out earlier in the season because watching this every weekend would be a delight.
The Blues fans are in excellent voice. Hardly surprising. After a nervy start brought on by a promising Norwich attacking threat, the visitors look comfortable with their two-goal lead.
Norwich's Johnson is penalised for a high foot on Manchester City defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong inside the halfway circle.
Assist Carlos Tévez
Goal Sergio Agüero
GOAL!! Sergio Aguero finishes off a world class attacking move from the Blues. A pass to Tevez from the striker is returned via the former Manchester United man's backheel, and Aguero slams his shot from 20 yards into the top left-hand corner. Norwich City 0-2 Manchester City.
Tevez's third shot in the last 10 minutes flies sky high over the crossbar this time. His goal today means he has scored his first Premier League away goal since February 2011. It was also the last time he scored in back-to-back league matches for the club. True story.
If Tevez is putting in that sort of goalscoring form in training I guess it's not remotely surprising he starts ahead of Edin Dzeko. It must suck to be the Bosnian right now, mind. Behave like a spoilt brat, refuse to play because of your greedy personality but all will be forgiven if you can hammer in strikes like that from 30 yards. That's football for you though.
Aguero is played onside by Norwich left-back Russell Martin, but he stumbles when through on goal and John Ruddy rushes out to make the Man City striker scarper, before he wins a Blues corner.
It's Liverpool 0-1 Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley by the way boys and girls. Nikica Jelavic with the goal after 24 minutes.
Tevez is brimming with confidence now, he's looking like the Argetinian of old. He fires another shot on target from the edge of the box, which takes a clip and dribbles wide.
Assist David Silva
Goal Carlos Tévez
GOAL!! Carlos Tevez scores his second goal in two games! And what a super strike it is, receiving the ball 30 yards out then hammering the ball over John Ruddy into the roof of the net with a peach of a shot. Norwich City 0-1 Manchester City.
I haven't seen much of Paul Lambert, but why would he need to be out of his seat? His Canaries players have been superb until this stage.
First glimpse of Roberto Mancini yelling instructions from the sidelines at his Manchester City men.
Manchester City goalkeeper Hart is fuming at referee because he believes he was impeded by Norwich attacker Aaron Wilbrahim when Holt got that header. Foy looks like he kind of isn't listening! Referees these days, ey. Though I suppose the amount of abuse they must get all match, ignoring shouting players comes with the territory.
A second corner...and it's cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott!! Grant Holt leaps highest and nods towards goal in front of Joe Hart but the former Everton defender is on the line to clear the danger.
Elliott Bennett wins a Norwich corner and the set-piece is half-cleared for Bradley Johnson to fire a deflected shot wide for a second corner.
What an exciting match we have on our hands if the tempo remains this way! Norwich are looking vulnerable when the visitors charge at them but are looking confident in every single attack.
Sergio Aguero and Nasri work nicely together down the right wing. Another Argentine tumbles to the floor, but this time referee Chris Foy ignores the fall completely. Boos all round from away fans at Carrow Road.
Yellow Card Carlos Tévez
The crowd are utterly delighted as Carlos Tevez goes down in the box and is yellow carded for a dive inside the Norwich box. But, wait a second, the Argentine's foot was stamped on Canaries defender Ryan Bennett - arguably a penalty.
Jake Watson at the ground for Goal.com: "Opening few minutes here at Carrow Road and both sets of supporters are in full voice! It has been a bright start by both sides though it was Norwich that have nearly taken the lead as Anthony Pilkington has just curled an effort wide after a very impressive counter attack . End to end stuff at the moment."
John Ruddy to the rescue! A one-two between Carlos Tevez and David Silva ends in the tricky Spaniard absolutely hammer the ball at the Norwich shot-stopper from eight yards out. Shot-stopper by name, shot-stopper by nature, Ruddy parries the ball away and Norwich succeed in clearing without any immediate Blues backlash.
Pilkington reaks his revenge on Zabaleta two minutes later, waltzing past the Argetine, then dummying Nasri on the left flank. His cut inside the box is followed by a volatile shot which saunters teasingly past the right post. The crowd are delighted with the positive play from the home side so far.
The hosts whip the ball along the ground up the other end of the field and a perfect tackle from Man City right-back Pablo Zabaleta prevents Anthony Pilkington from casually sliding into the box.
Samir Nasri is through behind the Norwich defence somehow, and he isn't offside, but the lobbed ball from David Silva is millimetres out of his reach. Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy collects the bouncing ball.
Norwich City pin Manchester City in their half for the first 60 seconds after the Canaries take the centre-kick.
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Jake Watson once more from the Norwich ground: "Moments away from kick-off here at Carrow Road and the atmosphere around the ground is superb. I certainly am not one to put my neck out on the line when predicting a result though I have a feeling Norwich will snatch the win today, but what do I know!" Cue a furious outcry from devoted Man City fans haha.
Who remember's Delia Smith's infamous rant at half-time when Norwich City were last in the Premier League? The Canaries were heading towards relegation and, at half-time in the Blues last visit to Carrow Road, the celebrity chef came out drunk onto the pitch and yelled "WHERE ARE YOU?!?!" at the home supporters. Pure. Unadulterated. Brilliance. I think it's a bit ambitious to hope for an equally amazing occurence, but let's cross our fingers for an entertaining match instead.
A Tale of Two Citys, ha. Love that bit of wordplay. Fun fact: Every Norwich player starting this afternoon was born in England. Compared to the (I think) three in Man City's side.
Only a few minutes until we get some action from Carrow Road. Can City close the gap on Manchester United at the top of the table to two points? Wigan Athletic's win over the Blues on Wednesday has given Mancini's men a lifeline in this title race and it would be erroneous not to grab the chance to claw back with all 22 hands!
It might be the early kick-off in the Premier League, but in the FA Cup Everton and Liverpool clash in a semi-final at Wembley which kicks off in about 23 seconds! But don't go!!! Haha. I'll bring you goal updates on that match, I promise. The small number of Norwich fans who inhabit Goal.com and the swelling amount of Man City fans will hopefully stick around, at least!
Aguero is a talent, that is pretty obvious. But did you know that the Argentine has scored 15 out of 19 of his league goals this season at the Etihad Stadium? The other four have come in London. So many stick your money on Nasri, Tevez or an outsider at Aintree instead of the former Atletico Madrid striker...
Jake Watson, Goal.com's reporter at Carrow Road today, writes: "Good afternoon and greetings from a beautifully sunny day at Carrow Road for Manchester City’s visit to Norwich City. Roberto Mancini declared his side out of the title race following their defeat to Arsenal though Manchester United’s shock defeat to Wigan has surely revitalised Mancini and his players once more. Norwich have been in sterling form of late, taking all three points away at Tottenham and holding an in-form Everton side to a point and will be relishing the opportunity of taking on one of the Premier League’s most powerful sides this afternoon. In terms of team news both sides are obviously suitably satisfied with their recent performances as Norwich name an unchanged line-up and Man City make just one change from the victory over West Brom with Pablo Zabaleta coming on for Micah Richards."
Let me know what you think will happen between City v City over Twitter! @Miles_Chambers is how to add me - any predicted scores, predicted goalscorers or general thoughts on the game are welcomed and encouraged!
Will the Blues swat aside the Canaries at Carrow Road in the same manner they dispatched West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium 4-0 on Wednesday? Or will Norwich provide a sterner test on the Citizens' travels? Manchester City are poor away from home and have been since 2012 began. Although that bodes well for Lambert's team, the scent of the Premier League title remains in the visitors' nostrils and I expect Mancini's men to pursue it with renewed vigour.
Roberto Mancini names just one alteration in his first choice XI: Pablo Zabaleta coming into the team in place of Micah Richards who drops to the bench. Carlos Tevez is chosen ahead of Edin Dzeko once more up front, with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri playing just behind him. Yaya Toure has recovered from his injury against Arsenal last Sunday and is picked among the substitutes, but Nigel de Jong and Gareth Barry maintain their position as holding midfielders.
The Canaries name an unchanged side from the team that beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane last Monday. Steve Morison has to settle for a place on the bench again behind Aaron Wilbraham, while the two Bennett's exist to make my life ever so slightly more confusing! No place in the starting line-up for Wes Hoolahan who is kept out of the central midfield by Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson. Paul Lambert fielding an orthodox 4-4-2 formation in the hope of getting something against second-placed Manchester City today.
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; De Jong, Barry; Silva, Nasri, Aguero; Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko, Johnson, Kolarov, Y Toure.
Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, Ward, R Bennett, Drury; E Bennett, Johnson, Howson, Pilkington; Holt, Wilbraham. Subs: Steer, Morison, Jackson, Surman, Hoolahan, Fox, Naughton.
The line-ups are set to be announced in the next few minutes, I'll have them with you as soon as I hear them obviously. Feel free to think of me as a superhero.
Good morning (just!), and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE play-by-play coverage of Norwich City v Manchester City. So much to talk about before the game kicks off at 12:45 UK time and I, Miles Chambers, will be your guide through the thicket of pre-match activity. You can contact me on Twitter @Miles_Chambers, I’ll try to post some of my favourite comments and thoughts on here as the match progresses!
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