Norwich City vs. Manchester City  1 - 6

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All smiles for Kompany

14 April 2012 17:19

Vincent Kompany said it was all positives for Manchester City's after their 6-1 demolition of Norwich City on Saturday.

The emphatic victory saw a hat-trick for man-of-the-match Carlos Tevez and a double for his Argentine compatriot Sergio Aguero, before Adam Johnson added a late sixth late on.

And the ruthless performance made City's captain confident about his side's long-term prospects.

"I've seen so many people fight on the pitch we gave everything today, and that is all I need so I am happy with that," Kompany told Sky Sports.

"I think enough has been said and all we have to do is to go out there and play. Not too much talking, just perform.

"I think we realised that for a couple of months we didn’t perform at our best. But you saw today, even guys like Carlos (Tevez) coming back in and Kun (Aguero) upfront had a great performance, not just by the goals they scored but by their work rate.

"In the defence we were strong and in midfield we won our battles so that was very positive.

"We are happy and everyone has got a smile on their face today."

Kompany was also reluctant to speculate about the possibility of city rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester United dropping points in their two games before Mancini's men take to the field again.

"I don’t care (if they drop points), we've said for the last six games that we just need to show what we are capable of and finish the season with no regrets, and therefore we will need to perform at our very highest," he said.

"It says a lot about how we wont to finish this season, it says a lot about how we want to start next season, so that is great."

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Premier League: Norwich 1 Manchester City 6

14 April 2012 16:10

Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick to inspire Manchester City to a comprehensive 6-1 thrashing of Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero also found the back of the net twice in an exhibition of football at Carrow Road that helped City cut the gap to Manchester United at the top of the table.

City manager Roberto Mancini combined the Argentinean flair of a strike force made up of Aguero and Tevez with the silky passing of David Silva, which would have proved too much for most sides.

The three were given free reign by their manager and the visitors reaped the reward, with the Argentine connection getting a five-goal haul between them as well as a late sixth from Adam Johnson.

Many fans of the Sky Blues were incensed by Manchester United's penalty against QPR and they had another reason to be disappointed with officials after Tevez was booked for diving, although replays showed that Ryan Bennett made substantial contact inside the box.

Despite the visitors' early dominance, Grant Holt was almost celebrating as he nodded a ball past Joe Hart who was tangling with Aaron Wilbraham after a corner. It looked destined to be the first goal of the game but for a goal-line clearance courtesy of the head of Joleon Lescott.

Minutes after Lescott's vital header, Tevez made another massive contribution to his side's title challenge after his time off, taking advantage of a disorganised Norwich defence after Bennett's pass was intercepted by David Silva to open the scoring.

The Spaniard played in Tevez on the right of the box at an improbable angle, but the Argentine had no doubt in his ability by firing a lightning bolt of a shot towards the top corner before seeing the ball swerve massively to deceive John Ruddy and end up in the middle of the goal.

Tevez and Aguero bought a piece of Argentine magic to further their lead. Aguero played in his compatriot on the edge of the box, before receiving it back thanks to a clever back-heel with his first touch and made no mistake in rifling the ball into the top corner.

The effort rendered Ruddy helpless, with the English keeper at full stretch but still a sizeable distance away from the ball.

Half-time substitute Andrew Surman gave Norwich a fighting chance just after the break. He took advantage after Hart failed to control his box in an aerial challenge with Wilbraham simply half-volleying the ball into the net.

Pablo Zabaleta wasted a golden chance to cancel out Surman's goal after eluding Adam Drury at the back post. He only had the keeper to beat but fired it straight into Ruddy.

Norwich's optimism of getting anything from the game was short-lived as an inspired push for an equaliser ended in the visitors enhancing their lead over the Canaries.

Tevez nodded the ball over Ruddy after the Norwich keeper could not control a fiercely drilled shot from Yaya Toure.

The fourth of the visitors' goals came courtesy of Aguero. Taking advantage of an obviously disheartened Norwich side, he took the ball to the left side of the box and curled a beautiful shot into the bottom corner.

The formally exiled Tevez proved critics wrong again after using his pace to punish Bennett's shocking back pass, rounding the keeper before simply slotting the ball into an empty net to get his hat-trick.

Johnson made it six after both he and Aguero had efforts come off of the woodwork.

Aguero swung in a cross to Gael Clichy at the back post, who played the ball first-time into Johnson unmarked in the box for an easy tap-in.

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Premier League preview: Norwich v Manchester City

13 April 2012 23:59

A shock loss to Manchester United on Wednesday has given a glimmer of hope to Manchester City's title hopes, ahead of their trip to Norwich.

United were beaten 1-0 by lowly Wigan, while Roberto Mancini's side cleaned up West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at home to cut the gap at the top to five points.

While they must hope for more United defeats in the final five games of the season, City also need to focus on what they can control - their own game - as they prepare to tackle an in-form Norwich, who upset Tottenham at their last start.

City will be without striker Mario Balotelli who is serving a suspension, but their plethora of attacking options means the Italian bad boy will not be overly missed.

Norwich have been enjoying plenty of success in front of goal of late, with goals in each of their past four matches, which has earned them seven points.

Even more promising for the Carrow Road faithful is that their seven goals in that run have come from five different sources, with powerful striker Grant Holt producing three of them.

While the fixture represents little value for Norwich, the Citizens can cut the gap to two points - albeit with United having a game in hand - on Saturday in the Premier League title race, and all they can do is hope their rivals slip up again.

Norwich striker Anthony Pilkington is looking forward to the challenge.

"Manchester City need to come out and beat us to stand any chance of pushing for the championship, but we will carry on doing what we're doing and take the Spurs win into Saturday and try to take three points off City as well," he said.

"But this just proves to everyone we are more than a match for anyone in this league."

Mancini maintains despite United's loss to Wigan, Sir Alex Ferguson has all but two hands on the title, however do not take the Italian's word as gospel, given his competitive tendencies.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25