Norwich vs Man City Player Ratings

Carlos Tevez's hat-trick helped Manchester City romp to a 6-1 win over Norwich to cut the lead at the top of the table to two points.

Surman fires one back for Norwich.
Sergio Aguero also scored a brace in the comprehensive victory where City went into half time with a 2-0 lead with a goal each from Aguero and Tevez.

Norwich turned up the pressure in the second half and grabbed a goal back via Andrew Surman six minutes after the break but were eventually overwhelmed by City, whose Argentine duo scored three goals in seven minutes to put the result beyond doubt.

Adam Johnson then turned in a late goal to pile on Norwich's misery as the Canaries continued on the hunt for a goal.

Norwich

John Ruddy - 6

A mixed performance from Ruddy. He could have done better with the first two goals conceded but he also pulled off several point blank saves to keep the score from looking like something out of Major League Baseball.

Adam Drury - 6

Drury held the left flank well against the interchanging City back line. He frequently had to deal with different players in Aguero, Silva, Tevez, Nasri and Zabaleta but acquainted himself well considering the quality of his opponents.

Elliott Ward - 5.5

Ward was solid at the back but was eventually undone by the brilliance of City's Argentine contingent

Russell Martin - 5.5

Like Ward, Martin was disciplined in defending against the City onslaught but could do little when City turned up the pressure to score in a burst of three goals in the second half.

Ryan Bennett - 3

Bennett was the weak link in the Norwich back four and didn't look comfortable whenever any of the City players took a run at him. He eventually crumbled under pressure, underhitting a pass back to Ruddy for Tevez to easily complete his hat-trick.

Bradley Johnson (Off 45') - 4.5

Johnson impressed with his distribution but the defensive aspect of his game let him down. He frequently lost track of Silva and spent the entire first half chasing shadows in midfield.

Jonathan Howson - 4

Lambert previously compared Howson to Iniesta and it's hard to see any similarities in this match. Howson couldn't quite settle into the game to live up to his reputation. Perhaps it's nerves, perhaps it's the expectation he needs to shoulder that did him in.

Anthony Pilkington (Off 45') - 6

Pilkington was Norwich's liveliest player in the first half and was always troubling Zabaleta down the left flank. He showed his versatility in being able to play with both his feet but was harshly brought off at half time.

Elliott Bennett - 4

Bennett was stonewalled down the flank by Clichy, which is disappointing given his recent good run of form.

Aaron Wilbraham (Off 68') - 6

The Norwich players call him 'Wilbrahimovic' and it's understandable why. Wilbraham was always troubling City in the air and managed to bother Hart in the air on a few occasions - a rare feat in itself.

Grant Holt - 5

Holt looked terribly average in this match going up against Kompany and Lescott. If he's really good enough for the England squad (some of his supporters claim he is), he should be giving these defenders a headache.

Substitutes

Andrew Surman (On 45') - 6

Surman came on an injected pace and life into the Norwich side and grabbed a goal to give his side hope.

Wes Hoolahan (On 45') - 5.5

Proved as dangerous as Pilkington down the flank but couldn't quite have an impact against a solid City defense.

Steve Morison (On 68') - 5

He came on but didn't have as much an impact as Wilbraham did.

Manchester City

Joe Hart - 5.5

Hart look rattled by Wilbraham and Holt's presence and wasn't as assured as his usual self when tested. It was his poor clearance that led to Norwich's goal and he was lucky to escape an earlier goal when he couldn't get past Wilbraham, needing Lescott to clear Holt's header off the line.

Pablo Zabaleta - 7

Zabaleta won the battle down the right flank after managing to hold down Pilkington and Hoolahan after that.

Vincent Kompany - 7

Stood steady in defence and prevented Holt from having an impact on the game

Joleon Lescott - 7.5

Lescott cut out several threatening Norwich attacks and had a crucial goal-line clearance to head away Holt's certain goal.

Gael Clichy - 6.5

Clichy was under pressure but stood to the test well and kept his flank tidy.

Nigel De Jong - 7

De Jong was immaculate in the tackle and accurate while distributing the ball. Certainly one of the better performances from him in a City shirt.

Gareth Barry - 6.5

A neat display from Barry in the middle to make sure Yaya Toure could be rested. However, his passing was still suspect on occasion and can be improved upon.

David Silva - 7.5

Silva played an important part in the two first half goals and was always trying to open up the defence by poking passes through. He looked much like his old self and is certainly one of the main reasons for City's comfortable win.

Samir Nasri - 6

A rather muted display from Nasri after a string of shining performances and was outshone by the other -players up front.

Sergio Aguero - 8

Aguero was always running in between and at defenders, taking them on and challenging them on and was always looked like scoring going forward. He was rewarded by two very well taken goals and was unlucky to not claim a hat trick.

Carlos Tevez - 8.5

A hardworking and brilliant performance frome Tevez left many of us wondering what could have been if he was still at City for the past months. His labour and brilliance was rewarded with a deserved hat trick and he was clearly City's best player on the field.

Substitutes

Yaya Toure (On 63') - 7

City came alive and kicked into and extra gear when Yaya Toure came on, which is the best sign of how important the Ivorian is to them.

Adam Johnson (On 76') - N/A

Micah Richards (On 81') - N/A



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