Manchester City v Norwich City - Player ratings

Sergio Agüero celebrates scoring Manchester City's sixth goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Sergio Agüero celebrates scoring Manchester City's sixth goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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

• Norwich City:

6 John Ruddy: No exaggeration to state he prevented a double digit defeat. Culpable on second.


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4 Russell Martin: No luck on Manchester City's deflected third. David Silva left undetected for the sixth.

5 Michael Turner: One or two timely blocks in a sea of home domination. Unfortunate role in the opener.

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4 Sebastien Bassong: Pale imitation of the commanding figure from last season. Exposed frequently.

4 Martin Olsson: Little or no chance to showcase his attacking threat. Samir Nasri had the upper hand.

4 Leroy Fer: Echoes of the Tottenham runaround he suffered in a congested central area.

4 Bradley Johnson: No blame attached for the opener. Paid a high price for felling Edin Dzeko later.

4 Steven Whittaker: Deployed in a less accustomed right midfield role. Lack of sharpness could be mitigation.

4 Jonny Howson: Norwich stuck in permanent reverse left him isolated and largely on the periphery.

5 Anthony Pilkington: Carried the one real sporadic threat on the counter. Tested Costel Pantilimon in first half.

4 Gary Hooper: No service to speak of is becoming a recurring theme. Hold up play must be better.

Subs: Josh Murphy (for Whittaker) 5, Johan Elmander (for Hooper) 4

• Manchester City:

6 Costel Pantilimon: One smart save from Anthony Pilkington, but never tested sufficiently on his big day.

6 Pablo Zabaleta: Comfortable shift. Operated largely in advanced areas. One raking pass teed up compatriot.

7 Matija Nastasic: Slice of good fortune on his headed goal. Norwich never probed for fresh vulnerability.

6 Martin Demichelis: Thumping strike on the turn produced wonderful stop from John Ruddy. Easy afternoon.

6 Gael Clichy: Much more relaxing shift than his turbulent trip to Chelsea. Triggered the opening goal.

8 Yaya Toure: Fantastic technique for the free-kick fifth goal. Left the artistry to others.

7 Fernandinho: Holding player in a midfield completely on top; not exactly the most exacting gig.

9 David Silva: Heavily involved in the first, scored the second, teed up the sixth. Brilliant operator.

8 Samir Nasri: The Frenchman was clearly in the mood. Fine technician when in full flow.

9 Sergio Aguero: Assists for the second and fourth, scored the sixth. A general pest, as usual.

7 Alvaro Negredo: Must be a joy to play in front of that midfield. Good movement bought him a goal.

Subs: James Milner (for Nasri) 6, Edin Dzeko (for Negredo) 7, Jesus Navas (for Silva) 6

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