Great Day For Rodwell But Nobody Else!
The last time Norwich came to the Etihad Stadium. 2012/13 MAN CITY 2 NORWICH 31. Joe Hart 5. Pablo Zabaleta 2. Micah Richards 6. Joleon Lescott 13. Aleksandar Kolarov 42. Yaya Toure 17. Jack Rodwell 65' 7. James Milner 8. Samir Nasri 32. Carlos Tevez 50' 10. Edin Dzeko Subs: 30. Costel Pantilimon 22. Gael Clichy 3. Maicon 14. Javi Garcia 18. Gareth Barry 21. David Silva 65' 16. Sergio Aguero 50'
Manchester City saw a disappointing season and a tough week end with a tame home defeat to Norwich.
Jack Rodwell struck two excellent equalisers as last season's Barclays Premier League champions threatened to finish with a flourish, but the Canaries deservedly finished on top at the Etihad Stadium.
City lacked bite after the dispiriting events of the past week - which included the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini - and Norwich won through Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt and Jonny Howson goals.
The atmosphere was a far cry from that famous tension-filled final afternoon a year ago although Norwich fans were in party mood.
The City supporters, after an emotional few days, were far quieter but a few Italian flags and Mancini chants made clear their former manager was not forgotten.
For their part, City acknowledged the contribution of Mancini with some tributes in the programme.
The action began slowly but Norwich came to play and made the encounter an entertaining one. With referee Mark Halsey doing his best not to use his cards in his final match, it flowed reasonably well.
The area of most uncertainty was in City's defence. Again without Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic for unspecified reasons, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards made an unfamiliar centre-back pairing.
The Canaries also had their own notable absentee in Sebastien Bassong, who was named their player of the season this week, but the disruption was minimal.
Aside from a couple of early headed chances for Edin Dzeko which did not trouble John Ruddy, Norwich had the best of the early chances.
Holt turned Lescott and shot across goal before Halsey had penalty decisions to make after a challenge on Pilkington by Pablo Zabaleta and a handball by Richards.
Both were declined by the veteran official in favour of corners and from the second of those Ryan Bennett had a header cleared off the line by Lescott.
The visitors were rewarded for their spell on top after 25 minutes when Wes Hoolahan robbed Yaya Toure and fed the ball through to Pilkington, who struck firmly past Joe Hart.
City produced a quick response and levelled within four minutes as Samir Nasri found Dzeko and his neat lay-off rolled perfectly for Rodwell to lash home.
That brought the game to life and Hart tipped over a Robert Snodgrass free-kick before Tevez shot wide after a mazy run.
James Milner and Tevez then combined to set up Dzeko but the Bosnian guided wide and Snodgrass missed the target at the other end.
Halsey showed leniency towards the end of the first half after a bad challenge by Milner on Javier Garrido and after a minor scuffle between Tevez and Howson.
Hart was in action early in the second half as Bradley Johnson met a Snodgrass cross with a good header.
Kidd made his first change after 50 minutes as he withdrew Tevez for Sergio Aguero.
Tevez left to a huge ovation with a broad grin. If he does leave this summer, as has been rumoured, he knows he will do so having won fans over after last year's troubles.
Norwich reclaimed the lead when Snodgrass found space on the right and delivered a low cross for an unmarked Holt to tap in at the far post.
Again City were quick to reply as Rodwell raced onto a long ball from Toure and outpaced Steven Whittaker to fire into the far bottom corner.
But City's deficiencies were at the back and Howson slalomed through some ineffective challenges from Lescott and Richards to finish clinically.
Halsey smiled wryly when he was forced to take over his yellow card after Lescott bundled over Pilkington.
Substitute Alexander Tettey almost added a fourth for Norwich but shot wide late on.CITY v CANARIES 2012/2013 Sun 19 May Man. City 2 - 3 Norwich City Premier League Sat 29 Dec Norwich City 3 - 4 Man. City Premier League 2011/2012 Sat 14 Apr Norwich City 1 - 6 Man. City Premier League Sat 03 Dec Man. City 5 - 1 Norwich City Premier League 2007/2008 Tue 25 Sep Man. City 1 - 0 Norwich City League Cup 2004/2005 Mon 28 Feb Norwich City 2 - 3 Man. City Premiership Mon 01 Nov Man. City 1 - 1 Norwich City Premiership 2001/2002 Sun 13 Jan Man. City 3 - 1 Norwich City League Division One Sat 18 Aug Norwich City 2 - 0 Man. City League Division One 1999/2000 Sat 12 Feb Man. City 3 - 1 Norwich City League Division One Tue 28 Sep Norwich City 1 - 0 Man. City League Division One 1997/1998 Sat 07 Feb Norwich City 0 - 0 Man. City League Division One Sat 20 Sep Man. City 1 - 2 Norwich City League Division One 1996/1997 Fri 25 Apr Norwich City 0 - 0 Man. City League Division One Sat 19 Oct Man. City 2 - 1 Norwich City League Division One 1994/1995 Sat 04 Mar Norwich City 1 - 1 Man. City Premiership Sat 24 Sep Man. City 2 - 0 Norwich City Premiership 1993/1994 Sat 16 Apr Man. City 1 - 1 Norwich City Premiership Sat 20 Nov Norwich City 1 - 1 Man. City Premiership 1992/1993 Sat 20 Feb Norwich City 2 - 1 Man. City Premier League Wed 26 Aug Man. City 3 - 1 Norwich City Premier League 1991/1992 Thu 26 Dec Man. City 2 - 1 Norwich City First Division Wed 28 Aug Norwich City 0 - 0 Man. City First Division 1990/1991 Sat 02 Feb Norwich City 1 - 2 Man. City First Division Sat 15 Sep Man. City 2 - 1 Norwich City First Division 1989/1990 Mon 16 Apr Norwich City 0 - 1 Man. City First Division Tue 26 Dec Man. City 1 - 0 Norwich City First Division Wed 25 Oct Man. City 3 - 1 Norwich City League Cup 1986/1987 Sat 14 Feb Norwich City 1 - 1 Man. City First Division Wed 03 Sep Man. City 2 - 2 Norwich City First Division 1982/1983 Sat 15 Jan Man. City 4 - 1 Norwich City First Division Sat 28 Aug Norwich City 1 - 2 Man. City First Division 1980/1981 Sat 04 Apr Norwich City 2 - 0 Man. City First Division Sat 01 Nov Man. City 1 - 0 Norwich City First Division 1979/1980 Sat 01 Mar Man. City 0 - 0 Norwich City First Division Sat 20 Oct Norwich City 2 - 2 Man. City First Division 1978/1979 Tue 27 Feb Man. City 2 - 2 Norwich City First Division Sat 02 Sep Norwich City 1 - 1 Man. City First Division 1977/1978 Sat 21 Jan Norwich City 1 - 3 Man. City First Division Sat 03 Sep Man. City 4 - 0 Norwich City First Division 1976/1977 Tue 01 Mar Man. City 2 - 0 Norwich City First Division Sat 30 Oct Norwich City 0 - 2 Man. City First Division 1975/1976 Sat 20 Dec Norwich City 2 - 2 Man. City First Division Sat 16 Aug Man. City 3 - 0 Norwich City First Division 1973/1974 Sat 29 Dec Norwich City 1 - 1 Man. City First Division Sat 08 Sep Man. City 2 - 1 Norwich City First Division 1972/1973 Sat 30 Dec Norwich City 1 - 1 Man. City First Division Sat 19 Aug Man. City 3 - 0 Norwich City First Division 1965/1966 Wed 27 Oct Man. City 0 - 0 Norwich City Second Division Wed 15 Sep Norwich City 3 - 3 Man. City Second Division 1964/1965 Wed 16 Sep Norwich City 4 - 1 Man. City Second Division Wed 09 Sep Man. City 0 - 2 Norwich City Second Division 1963/1964 Mon 30 Mar Norwich City 1 - 2 Man. City Second Division Fri 27 Mar Man. City 5 - 0 Norwich City Second Division 1938/1939 Sat 22 Apr Norwich City 0 - 0 Man. City Second Division Sat 17 Dec Man. City 4 - 1 Norwich City Second Division
Source: Manchester City MAD
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