Leaders Manchester City maintained their 100% home league record with an impressive victory over Norwich City.

Sergio Aguero stabbed his 13th goal of the season through a crowd of legs to put the league leaders in front.

Samir Nasri's 35-yard free-kick evaded everyone to double the lead before Yaya Toure curled in a third.

Steve Morison headed in for Norwich from six yards but Mario Balotelli scored with his shoulder and Adam Johnson's precise finish made it five.

Prior to kick-off, Norwich manager Paul Lambert suggested his team would not fear playing the league leaders but within minutes of the start it became apparent the visitors would not be playing an expansive game.

Happy Mancini urges Man City caution

Despite their conservative approach Morison created a couple of early opportunities for himself, the first coming when he robbed Kolo Toure down the left before firing a speculative 40-yard volley a couple of feet wide as home keeper Joe Hart scrambled to cover the shot.

Morison then outmuscled Vincent Kompany and Kolo Toure but a heavy touch as he raced towards goal gave Hart the chance to close him down and snuff out the danger, and that was as good as it got for Norwich.

That it took the home side 32 minutes to open the scoring was the biggest surprise of the first half.

Aguero fired a low shot straight at keeper John Ruddy and volleyed over from eight yards but City's build-up play remained patient as they sought to create space in and around a congested penalty area.

The Argentine striker, who was superb throughout the match, eventually broke the deadlock with a wonderful piece of balance and skill.

MAN CITY'S HOME RECORD

  • 19 Nov: 3-1 v Newcastle
  • 29 Oct: 3-1 v Wolves
  • 15 Oct: 4-1 v Aston Villa
  • 24 Sep: 2-0 v Everton
  • 10 Sep: 3-0 v Wigan
  • 15 Aug: 4-0 v Swansea

Surrounded by several Norwich defenders in the box, after collecting a pass from Micah Richards, he twisted, turned and pirouetted before toe-poking the ball through a forest of Norwich legs into the bottom corner.

It is hard to call a man who has scored 13 goals this season wasteful, but Aguero could have scored a couple more.

His side-footed effort from 12 yards before half-time cleared the crossbar by some distance and after the break he was denied by a sharp stop from Ruddy who had moments earlier kept out David Silva's fiercely hit strike.

By that time though the home side had opened up a 2-0 lead, although the manner of their second was slightly fortuitous.

There seemed to be no danger as Nasri's gently curling free-kick drifted into the box and seemingly into the arms of Ruddy, but the ball bounced before it reached the keeper and skidded off his left palm into the net.

Man City can be caught - Lambert

Yaya Toure ensured City scored at least three at home for the sixth time this season with a low curling shot from just inside the box.

But their hopes of keeping a clean sheet for the first time in seven games were ruined by Morison who climbed above Gael Clichy at the back post to head in Marc Tierney's cross.

Balotelli, on as a substitute for Aguero, nonchalantly knocked in the fourth on the goal-line with his shoulder after his initial effort had been saved.

And Johnson rounded off City's seventh successive home win in the Premier League this season with a neat side-footed finish from 15 yards after Kompany's searching pass had found him alone in the penalty box.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini:

"It was not easy because it was only 1-0 in the first half and if you don't score the game can change.

"Norwich defended with all their players behind the ball.

"[Aguero] scored a fantastic goal because it was not easy to score and the goal Mario scored today [with his shoulder] was fantastic because it was the only way he could score.

"It is not important now [to be top of the table], it is important to be there at the end of the season."

Norwich manager Paul Lambert:

"Manchester City deserved to win.

"Whether by five is a bit harsh [but] we tried to keep going and at 3-1 the goal gave us a bit of confidence but we were beaten by a better side.

"The second goal was poor from our point of view because the ball had travelled a long way.

"But you dust youselves down and go again."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Manchester City

  • 25 Hart
  • 02 Richards
  • 04 Kompany
  • 22 Clichy
  • 28 K Toure
  • 18 Barry
  • 19 Nasri (Johnson - 69' )
  • 21 Silva
  • 42 Y Toure
  • 10 Dzeko (De Jong - 82' )
  • 16 Aguero (Balotelli - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 06 Lescott
  • 15 Savic
  • 07 Milner
  • 11 Johnson
  • 34 De Jong
  • 45 Balotelli

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 R Martin
  • 20 Barnett
  • 23 Tierney
  • 25 Naughton
  • 04 Johnson (Fox - 77' )
  • 07 Crofts
  • 11 Surman Booked
  • 12 Pilkington (Hoolahan - 60' )
  • 17 Bennett (Holt - 60' )
  • 05 Morison

Substitutes

  • 13 Rudd
  • 06 Whitbread
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 15 Fox
  • 09 Holt
  • 10 Jackson
  • 21 Wilbraham
Ref: H Webb
Att: 47,201

Match Stats

Shots

22 5

On target

17 2

Corners

12 4

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:24 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +0:54

Assist (pass) by Vincent Kompany (Man City) from left wing.

90:00 +0:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Johnson - Man City 5 - 1 Norwich Goal by Adam Johnson (Man City) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Man City 5-1 Norwich.

90:00 +0:37

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play.

89:58

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

89:38

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) to far post, resulting in open play.

89:01

Shot by Grant Holt (Norwich) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Joe Hart (Man City).

88:11

Save made by John Ruddy.

87:21

The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson. The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson,

87:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Mario Balotelli - Man City 4 - 1 Norwich Mario Balotelli finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 4-1 Norwich.

86:20

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) to far post, resulting in open play.

86:12

Attacking throw-in by Marc Tierney (Norwich).

85:32

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

85:06

Shot by Andrew Surman (Norwich) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

84:23

Shot by Mario Balotelli (Man City) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Man City) to centre, resulting in open play.

82:20

Attacking throw-in by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich).

81:15 Substitution

Substitution Man City substitution: Edin Dzeko replaced by Nigel De Jong (tactical).

80:02

Assist (cross) by David Fox (Norwich) from left wing.

80:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve Morison - Man City 3 - 1 Norwich Headed goal by Steve Morison (Norwich) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Man City 3-1 Norwich.

79:57

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Marc Tierney (Norwich).

78:14

Foul by Micah Richards (Man City) on Grant Holt (Norwich). Free kick crossed right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) from left wing, resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

77:23

Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Norwich substitution: Bradley Johnson replaced by David Fox (tactical).

75:08

Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) lobbed right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

74:19

Gareth Barry (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

73:40

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

72:57

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

72:39

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

72:16

Attacking throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).

71:08 Substitution

Substitution Man City substitution: Sergio Aguero replaced by Mario Balotelli (tactical).

71:03

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

70:23

Shot by David Silva (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Andrew Crofts (Norwich). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Man City) to far post, resulting in open play.

69:32

Cross by Steve Morison (Norwich), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

68:47 Substitution

Substitution Man City substitution: Samir Nasri replaced by Adam Johnson (tactical).

67:37

Assist (pass) by David Silva (Man City) from left wing.

67:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Gnegneri Toure Yaya - Man City 3 - 0 Norwich goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) curled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Man City 3-0 Norwich.

66:56

Shot by Gareth Barry (Man City) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), clearance by Elliott Bennett (Norwich). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) to centre,

66:28

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) to near post, resulting in open play.

65:30

Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).

64:36

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

64:12

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

63:37

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

62:57

Attacking throw-in by Marc Tierney (Norwich).

61:45

Grant Holt (Norwich) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.

61:14

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) on Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich). Free kick taken left-footed by Andrew Surman (Norwich) from left channel, resulting in open play.

60:29

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

59:23 Substitution

Substitution Grant Holt is brought on as a substitute for Elliott Bennett.

59:23 Substitution

Substitution Wesley Hoolahan comes on in place of Anthony Pilkington.

58:37

Cross by Sergio Aguero (Man City), clearance by Russell Martin (Norwich). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) to short, resulting in open play.

57:44

Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Andrew Crofts (Norwich). Free kick taken right-footed by Kyle Naughton (Norwich) from right channel, resulting in open play.

56:39

Shot by David Silva (Man City) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by John Ruddy (Norwich). Shot by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save by John Ruddy (Norwich). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) to near post, resulting in open play. Shot by Gareth Barry (Man City) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

55:28

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Norwich) on David Silva (Man City). Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) from left channel, resulting in open play.

52:42

Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Leon Barnett (Norwich).

52:04

Foul by Sergio Aguero (Man City) on Andrew Crofts (Norwich). Free kick taken right-footed by Andrew Crofts (Norwich) from own half, passed.

50:27

Assist by Edin Dzeko (Man City) from left channel.

50:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Samir Nasri - Man City 2 - 0 Norwich goal by Samir Nasri (Man City) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left channel (30 yards).Man City 2-0 Norwich.

49:53

Andrew Crofts challenges Edin Dzeko unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Samir Nasri,

49:04

Cross by Samir Nasri (Man City), resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

47:42

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Man City) on Marc Tierney (Norwich). Free kick taken left-footed by Russell Martin (Norwich) from own half, passed.

47:22

Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).

46:45

Shot by Elliott Bennett (Norwich) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

46:18

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

45:48

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:55 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:12

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Andrew Surman (Norwich) to near post, clearance by Edin Dzeko (Man City).

44:28

Micah Richards (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

41:59

Cross by Gael Clichy (Man City), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

41:01

Shot by Samir Nasri (Man City) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Russell Martin (Norwich). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) to near post, resulting in open play.

38:48

Attacking throw-in by Gareth Barry (Man City).

38:21

Cross by Sergio Aguero (Man City), clearance by Leon Barnett (Norwich). Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by David Silva (Man City).

37:03

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

35:00

Cross by Marc Tierney (Norwich), clearance by Vincent Kompany (Man City).

34:44

Attacking throw-in by Marc Tierney (Norwich).

34:11

Foul by Micah Richards (Man City) on Steve Morison (Norwich). Free kick taken left-footed by Marc Tierney (Norwich) from left wing, passed.

33:37

Shot by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

32:42

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

32:35

Cross by Edin Dzeko (Man City), clearance by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

31:02

Assist (pass) by Micah Richards (Man City) from right wing.

31:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Sergio Aguero - Man City 1 - 0 Norwich Goal by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Man City 1-0 Norwich.

30:19

Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).

29:19

Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Marc Tierney (Norwich). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Gareth Barry (Man City) to centre, clearance by Marc Tierney (Norwich). Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

28:54

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

28:25

Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).

27:41

Sergio Aguero (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Leon Barnett (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

27:22

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) on Kolo Toure (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, passed.

26:40

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

24:36

Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

23:14 Booking

Booking Andrew Surman (Norwich) booked for unsporting behaviour.

23:08

Foul by Andrew Surman (Norwich) on David Silva (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) from right channel, passed.

20:58

Cross by Gareth Barry (Man City), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

19:51

Cross by Micah Richards (Man City), resulting in open play.

18:53

Micah Richards (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

18:02

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Norwich) on Gareth Barry (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) from right channel, resulting in open play.

17:40

Defending throw-in by Marc Tierney (Norwich).

17:06

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich) on Samir Nasri (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by Gael Clichy (Man City) from left wing, passed.

16:36

Attacking throw-in by Bradley Johnson (Norwich).

16:12

Foul by Micah Richards (Man City) on Anthony Pilkington (Norwich). Free kick taken left-footed by Marc Tierney (Norwich) from left wing, resulting in open play.

15:39

Shot by Sergio Aguero (Man City) volleyed right-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

14:46

Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).

14:02

Cross by Andrew Surman (Norwich), resulting in open play.

13:41

Attacking throw-in by Marc Tierney (Norwich).

12:51

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

12:10

Defending throw-in by Micah Richards (Man City).

10:23

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner. Blocked by Russell Martin. Corner taken by Samir Nasri. David Silva takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.

10:09

David Silva takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.

9:49

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) on Bradley Johnson (Norwich). Free kick taken left-footed by Bradley Johnson (Norwich) from own half, passed.

7:45

Defending throw-in by Kolo Toure (Man City).

5:49

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

4:28

Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

3:37

Shot by Steve Morison (Norwich) right-footed from left channel (35 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Joe Hart (Man City).

2:37

Handball by Edin Dzeko (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

1:50

Shot by Edin Dzeko (Man City) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

0:25

Foul by Steve Morison (Norwich) on Micah Richards (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Kolo Toure (Man City) from own half, passed.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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