Norwich City v Manchester City - Player ratings

Anthony Pilkington's free kick is deflected into the Manchester City goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Anthony Pilkington's free kick is deflected into the Manchester City goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, December 31, 2012
11:41 AM

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Manchester City following their Premier League clash.

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• Norwich City:

6 Mark Bunn: Brilliant late stop from Sergio Aguero, but Bunn’s expression after the fourth goal told its own story.

8 Russell Martin: Led by example with a two-goal second half burst.

6 Michael Turner: Difficult shift, like the rest of Norwich’s over-worked backline at times. Struggled to contain Edin Dzeko.

6 Sebastien Bassong: Never far from the action. By his high standards will feel he could have done better on the first and third goals.

6 Javier Garrido: Needed Mark Bunn to bail him out with a miscued clearance. Slipped on the fourth goal by Dzeko’s clever movement.

6 Alex Tettey: Overshadowed by Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry in the opening sparring. Improved markedly.

7 Bradley Johnson: Hard done by when Vincent Kompany cut through him for visitors’ second. Booking rules him out for West Ham.

7 Robert Snodgrass: Won the free-kick for Norwich’s first. His deliveries were pivotal to second and third Norwich goals.

6 Wes Hoolahan: Quick-thinking carved Manchester City open for the hosts’ second goal.

7 Anthony Pilkington: Deflected free-kick dragged Norwich back into the game. Continues to be a productive source on home soil.

6 Steve Morison: Won one or two flick-ons. Plenty of endeavour down the channels. Early first half exit due to injury.

Subs: Harry Kane (for Morison) 6, Jonny Howson (for Tettey) 7, Simeon Jackson (for Hoolahan) 5

• Manchester City:

6 Joe Hart: Had plenty to say to the Barclay at full-time. Poor decision-making on Norwich’s third.

7 Pablo Zabaleta: Solid professional. Relished the physical side of Norwich’s challenge. Impressive aerially despite his lack of height.

7 Vincent Kompany: Marauding run triggered the visitors’ second goal. Shade unfortunate to concede freekick for Norwich’s opener.

6 Matija Nastasic: Hesitant at times when Norwich pressed. Perfect partner alongside him in Vincent Kompany.

6 Gael Clichy: Elegant full-back. Quick, technically gifted. Fantastic raking pass for Manchester City’s fourth.

8 Yaya Toure: Fearsome hit inches wide in the opening period. Spotter’s badge for the third goal. Magnificent player.

7 Gareth Barry: Energetic foil for the more creatively-minded Yaya Toure. Knitted things superbly in the first period.

4 Samir Nasri: Let his team-mates down with his petulant reaction. Gifted operator but questionable temperament.

8 Sergio Aguero: Major role in the first and second goals. Sublime lift for the third. Harassed Sebastien Bassong all day.

7 David Silva: Sacrificed as Manchester City looked to defend their lead. Influential presence amongst the craftsmen.

7 Edin Dzeko: Two calm early slots. Shade unfortunate not to be credited with a hat-trick. Excellent target man.

Subs: James Milner (for Silva) 6, Joleon Lescott (for Dzeko) 5, Javi Garcia (for Aguero) 5

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