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Carlos Tevez scored a Premier League hat-trick for title-chasing Manchester City as Norwich City were hit for six - brought down to earth with a bump after their Easter Monday win at Tottenham.

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Argentinians enjoyed a memorable afternoon with Sergio Aguero also scoring twice in the day’s televised early kick-off at Carrow Road.

A stoppage time goal by substitute Adam Johnson completed the rout as the Blues won by an even bigger margin than their 5-1 success at the Etihad Stadium in December.

Tevez, Manchester’s prodigal son, gave his side the lead with a vicious swerving shot after 18 minutes, after the Canaries had started brightly, Grant Holt having a header cleared off the line.

Aguero made it 2-0 nine minutes later after a Tevez backheel, but after a double change at half-time, Paul Lambert’s men briefly threatened a revival.

Andrew Surman reduced the arrears after 51 minutes and Aaron Wilbraham was denied by a Gareth Barry block, but three goals in the space of seven minutes demolished the Canaries.

Tevez nodded the third after 73 minutes, Aguero scored a superb solo effort two minutes later and Tevez completed his hat-trick after pouncing on a bad backpass by Ryan Bennett.

Johnson’s goal in injury time merely rubbed salt in Norwich’s wounds and completed the biggest defeat of Lambert’s reign.

Lambert took the rare but not entirely surprising step of naming an unchanged team after the 2-1 victory at Tottenham on Easter Monday.

On-loan full-back Kyle Naughton, who was ineligible to play against Spurs, returned to the substitutes’ bench, as did David Fox, with Andrew Crofts and Leon Barnett dropping out of the 18 on duty at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini made one change after the 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday, bringing in Pablo Zabaleta for Micah Richards, who was on the bench.

Midfielder Yaya Toure recovered from a knee injury but had to settle for a place among the substitutes.

Manchester City’s first corner, from Silva, posed problems when it was flicked on by Barry but hooked clear in the six-yard box.

Pilkington was not too far away from opening the scoring after little more than four minutes when he burst clear on the left and swept inside Nasri but rolled his shot a couple of feet past the far post as Howson arrived in the six-yard box.

Ruddy kept the Canaries on terms as the Blues counter-attacked, Tevez setting up Silva for a close-range effort that the keeper beat away superbly.

With nine minutes gone, Tevez was shown the first yellow card when he went down over Ryan Bennett’s foot and referee Foy adjudged it a dive.

There was another penalty shout when Aguero went down under Pilkington’s challenge but the official was unimpressed and as the Canaries broke, Elliott Bennett brought Hart into action with a long-range effort.

Elliott Bennett forced the Canaries’ second corner and when it was cleared, Bradley Johnson’s follow-up was deflected wide for another flag-kick. This time Zabaleta’s header went up in the air and as it dropped, Holt got in a header that Lescott cleared off the line with Hart beaten – though the ’keeper claimed he was impeded by Wilbraham.

With 18 minutes gone, however, the Blues took the lead with a spectacular goal by Tevez. Ward left Bradley Johnson a fraction short with a pass and the midfielder was beaten by Silva, who combined with Aguero to set up Tevez for a shot that swerved viciously past the stunned Ruddy.

The goal took the sting out of what had been an excellent period from the Canaries and inspired Tevez to try his luck with two more shots from a distance, both off target.

It was 2-0, however, after 27 minutes when Aguero struck his 27th goal of the season. He played a one-two with Tevez, whose perfect backheel set him up for a powerful rising shot that gave Ruddy no chance.

Zabaleta went down needing treatment after a challenge by Wilbraham and when play resumed, Norwich looked bright.

A great ball by Ward set up Russell Martin for a cross that produced a fine first-time effort from Holt, swivelling to shoot right-footed, but Hart was right behind it.

Then Wilbraham brought Hart into action again with a 20-yard shot from Ryan Bennett’s pass.

Nasri was booked for a foul on Elliott Bennett, though some time after referee Foy had played the advantage rather than give the free-kick.

In first-half stoppage time, Elliott Bennett swung in another dangerous cross but company got back to head clear.

• Half-time: Norwich City 0, Manchester City 2

There was a double change at the interval for the Canaries when Hoolahan and Surman replaced Johnson and Pilkington as part of a switch from 4-4-2 to a diamond formation with Howson in front of the back four and Hoolahan playing behind the strikers.

Five minutes after the break, good work by Hoolahan set up Holt for a shot that he put just wide, but less than a minute later, substitute Surman brought the Canaries back into the game with a well-taken goal.

Hoolahan set up Drury for a cross from the left and as Hart punched away under pressure from Wilbraham, Surman chested the ball down and volleyed home right-footed.

A cross from Russell Martin almost provided a chance for Holt and Norwich, buoyed by the goal, threatened again when Ward headed wide from Surman’s cross.

Ruddy produced a fine save from Aguero when the goalscorer rode Drury’s challenge and let fly with a powerful right-foot shot.

Ryan Bennett was booked for stopping Tevez in full flight and the Canaries were grateful to Ruddy again when he blocked Zabaleta’s shot with his feet.

Barry was lucky to escape a booking for bundling Hoolahan to the ground but Hoolahan wasted the free-kick by firing it into the side netting, trying to catch out Hart.

The Blues made their first change after 63 minutes with Yaya Toure replacing Nasri.

There was a delay while Aguero received treatment and both sides took a welcome drinks break.

When play resumed, Hoolahan’s run set up a great chance for Wilbraham, who was denied by a sliding block by Barry.

It was Wilbraham’s last contribution as he made way for Morison midway through the half.

Ruddy tipped over a powerful shot by Zabaleta and then the keeper confidently claimed Silva’s corner.

Morison fired over from long range from another Hoolahan pass but Manchester City delivered a killer goal in the 73rd minute when Tevez struck again.

Yaya Toure’s powerful low drive was blocked by Ruddy but looped into the air, where Tevez beat Ryan Bennett to nod home.

Within two minutes, it was 4-1 thanks to a superb solo goal from Aguero.

Taking possession just inside the Norwich half he weaved his way just inside the penalty area and curled a perfect right-foot shot out of reach of Ruddy.

Hart had to palm away a cross from Morison from just under the bar as Norwich tried to respond, but Lescott was on hand to nod the ball back to the ’keeper.

The demolition job was complete on 80 minutes when Tevez completed his hat-trick after an awful error by Ryan Bennett. Bennett’s attempted backpass fell well short of Ruddy and Tevez pounced, rounding the keeper to score a simple goal.

Holt was denied by a fine save by Hart as he tried to reduce the arrears.

Substitute Adam Johnson, on for Tevez, struck the bar in the final minute in an attempt to make it 6-1.

As the game entered stoppage time, Ageuro, still seeking a hat-trick, struck the foot of the post.

Ryan Bennett then made a great sliding challenge on Richards to stop him increasing the lead.

But there was no escape when Clichy set up Adam Johnson for the sixth before the whistle.

• Result: Norwich City 1, Manchester City 6

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury; Elliott Bennett, Howson, Bradley Johnson (Hoolahan, 45), Pilkington (Surman, 45); Holt, Wilbraham (Morison, 68). Subs (not used): Steer, Naughton, Fox, Jackson.

• Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Silva (Adam Johnson, 76), De Jong, Barry, Nasri (Yaya Toure, 63); Aguero, Tevez (Richards, 80). Subs (not used): Pantilimon, Richards, Kolarov, Milner, Dzeko.

• Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

• Attendance: 26,812

• Goals: Norwich: Surman (51). Manchester City: Tevez (18, 73, 80), Aguero (27, 75), Adam Johnson (90)

• Bookings: Norwich: Ryan Bennett (59). Manchester City: Tevez (9), Nasri (42)

31 comments

  • We know you`re not an Ipswich fan, Billy. You are quite articulate. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Wow! Just wish I was allowed the same space as that 1p5wich troll.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • AHHHH Tommy Bryceland - you don't get inside rights like him anymore, A brilliant game against the other Manchester club in '68. Perfect pass to Don Heath for the first goal

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • whats wrong with ill informed views,I thought tommy Bryceland played a blinder.and thats as well informed as any iptroll could be

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Yes, Pondy, agree AD and AW did very well. Pity they`re not both 5 years younger. I`m not a Morison knocker as a rule but, in comparison with Wilby, he was feeble. We knew this horror run-in was coming but thanks to beating Spurs, it doesn`t look so bad now. Not arithmetically safe yet (Pessimism is my strong suit) but the team is capable of getting points from Blackburn, Liverpool and Villa. Arsenal would be a bonus! I wonder if PL will try one or both of the younger goalkeepers? No criticism of Ruddy, but spare goalies don`t get to play much, do they? Probably wrong time to do it. Let`s finish as high as possible to get some extra dosh in the transfer kitty! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Sorry my comment came in at no4. There was aclean slate when it was submitted.

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • May I vote for MoM, please? Pretty please.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Well, I'm afraid I'm going to be negative... Before you lot go bla bla Ipswich fan to me. Just remember I have had a season ticket for 10 years and I'm only 17 bless me. Anyway, I really, really, really think John Ruddy could've done much better with the first 3 goals. I know the first was swerving, but if he got his body behind it rather than diving unnecessarily, he would've dealt with it. The 2nd, fair play it was good passing and movement in the build-up, but again it was his near post and could've done better. The 3rd obviously was a much more visible error from him on the initial save and when he just ball-watched (which I think he does too much sometimes) as it looped in the net. Then he seemed to capitulate, as did the rest of the team, evidenced by how Micah Richards took the ball from Centre Back and so easily from that position got into our penalty area. There was a lot of positives in our passing, movement and counter in the opening stages of each half, and Pilkington absolutely ran the show in my eyes in the first, but how we capitulated and allowed them through time and time again worried me.

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    Billy

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • Again, Ipswich trouble-maker welcome, City Fan ethered. FIVE times and counting.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Well somebody has to start the ball rolling. I watched the game on Sky. I was disappointed that 2 superb goals had put us behind at half time. Man City seemed well in control. Our two substitutions at the beginning of the second half, gave us back the desire and the ability to change the game around. Surmans goal gave us hope, and for the first 15mins of the second half Norwich City took control. We were just waiting for the equaliser to come along. Then something terrible happened. At the 68min stage, Wilbrahams was withdrawn, for reasons Mr Lambert had, and with his departure the guts went out of Norwich City. We lost our shape, our desire and commitment. Just what was it that brought about this disasterous change in our fortunes?

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • At least he should be happy, Swiss. Ignorance is bliss in his own little world. Also, he gets preferential treatment on these Archant boards. A bit sinister, that....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Interesting game....at 1-2 I thought we were back in with a shout, but they took the game away with a flurry of late goals. If you consider that for the cost of their two strikers you could buy the entire City squad, Carrow Road, our Colney training facilities and NCFC completely, pay off any debts and still have change - it just shows how far we have come. Man City have hit a rich vein of form and good luck to them - but one thing is for sure. We will play them again next season and they won't beat us anything like as easily as the two scores this seasn. Onwards and upwards to finish with 50 PL points. On a final note, I hope Man City don't 'buy' the Premiere League title this season - they are just highly-paid mercenaries - whilst we are a REAL TEAM !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • Man City were sublime, we played well but the gulf in money and players shone through. Plenty of time to regroup for the next game, and 43 points already means we're safe.

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    Canary Wundaboy

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • Oh, and I for one am looking forward to the final outing of the NC's at Blackburn (and hopefully a good three points) and when I post that I have just got back about an hour from the game, it doesn't mean I am the Sterile Dog in disguise, but Blackburn is only just down the road;-) COYY

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, April 16, 2012

  • Perhaps the steroo will say something sensible when his mum gets him some long trousers, and he gets a paper round. bet he's got acne!

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    tom the taxi

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • We came back after the 5-1 defeat with a 4-2 win against Newcastle. Let's hope we follow the trend for our next match. This was a really painfull loss, but we were a lot better than the scoreline suggests.

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    Dobbino

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Thanks, Brewer! I just get worried people will get the wrong impression when I'm hard on our players, including Ruddy who has been fabulous for us this season. We've done fantastically well anyway to ensure we are safe already in this tough run-in. Have to not look at the scoreline and instead the points.. 3 points from Tottenham and Man City, sounds rather good to me.

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    Billy

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Did the Steroo's 1st comment get moderated?? Oh happy days if it did. There's nothing wrong with being critical of Lambert or players Billy. I know I have been on occasion. Obviously not everybody will agree. I certainly don't agree with your assessment of their 2nd goal as it was a bullet into the top corner, but yes Ruddy could have done better with the 1st and 3rd. He did though, pull out a couple of good saves and I didn't feel he was helped out by the ammount of space we afforded them at times. The way we started the game I really did feel we were either going to get an early goal or we were going to get cut to pieces. Unfortunately it was the latter. Still, I felt that at times we played well and there was no lack of effort throughout. My Dad was at the game and said that the team were clapped off at the end because the fans felt they deserved it. If you were there and clapped them off then good for you. They have been magnificent this season and we have only been stuffed against Man City (twice) and well beaten by Sunderland. 43 points and counting...

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, April 16, 2012

  • The last time something like this happened, we nicked the other team's manager. Anyone for Mancini? Personally I'd prefer to keep PL...

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    GW

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • In the end, their top-quality finishing did the job. No naming, no blaming. We are still in the Prem after being taken into near oblivion by Ruder and Gunn. This team is a work in progress. We should be so very happy to be facing another Season in the Top Division. We`ll get a few more points yet. My defence against the sundry "furriners" in my local Norfolk pub was stronger than NCFC`s v the Mancs! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • I'm not going to complain about this scoreline, especially not against a team with the talent it has (let alone the money). If this result was against Wolves then yeah, fair enough. No doubt there will be Man City fans who will label this an "easy win" but I think at the point it was 2-1 I don't think that was going through their heads! I think it is important to remember that when there's a gulf in finance like this then these results will happen, and I unfortunately predict a similar showing next season when Man City no doubt dabble in the transfer markets again. Onto the next game and hopefully 3 points!

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • Just as I was beginning to think I was allowed in, ETHERED!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Right up to the third goal we were in it against a side that has also put six past the team who are likely to be champions. In truth they were quicker to shut down, neater in the tackle, quick and accurate in their passing and took their chances. This would have been a god pre season friendly where premier babes such as Bennett, Bennett, Howson,Johnson, and Pilkington and co could learn soemthing. Thought Wilbraham and Drury held their heads high. Next week a very different game,

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Oh Ged, So nice to have you back NOT...We are Still going to play in the Premier League next season While your Poor old 1p5hit languish in the Chumpionship for yet another season. Lord Lambert Rules and Ruddy and Holt for England.

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    CanarySid

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Steroo, idiotic in the Greek sense of the word.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Tommy Bryceland, indeed! Partnered in midfield by a Welsh pocket-battleship called Mal Lucas. Sian would have loved him. Btw, it`s about time that under-employed and unemployable Archant time-server was prevented from using these sites as a personal playground to occupy his hours of idleness. Ded Sterile should "out" this stooge pronto! I`ve instigated a local embargo on all Archant publications. Lots of takers already. All now discovering there are newspapers worthy of the name.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Steroo - comments on both reports this and Lamberts summary leave me aghast. you must be either on a wind up or an extremely envious and jealous tractor boy with no roots. if you are serious with your comments then get a life, no one can or should be ashamed by the Canaries performances this season, take off those blue and white tinted glasses and realise where you are!!

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    JB

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • I thought for 70 minutes we played well and were all over them at one time, but their 2 strikers are world class, when we slip up and give them the opportunity then they're not going to miss.

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, April 16, 2012

  • There has to be some element of moderation on the site. We cannot just let people post abuse and ill informed views about football. Some of you need to consider this when posting. Many thanks. Ged - The Man, The Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Good man, Billy! Most of my contributions get blocked these days to make extra room for Steroo!! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Blocked for the 9th time this morning. At least.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

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