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19 May 2013 18:47:11

Canaries heap more misery on City

Manchester City saw a disappointing season and a tough week end with a tame 3-2 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.

Norwich had the best of the early chances as Holt turned Joleon Lescott and shot across goal before 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 Edin Dzeko and his neat lay-off rolled perfectly for Rodwell to lash home.

Hart was in action early in the second half as Bradley Johnson met a Robert Snodgrass cross with a good header.

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 Micah Richards to finish clinically. Substitute Alexander Tettey almost added a fourth for Norwich but shot wide late on.


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