Manchester City highlighted their credentials as title contenders with an emphatic win over lacklustre Norwich.

Focus prior to the game had been on England keeper Joe Hart being dropped but once play got under way, City's attacking prowess took centre stage.

Bradley Johnson's own goal put City ahead before David Silva, Matija Nastasic and Alvaro Negredo struck.

Yaya Toure scored a free-kick, Sergio Aguero fired in before substitute Edin Dzeko swept home a seventh.

The win, City's biggest in the Premier League, moved them up to fourth in the table, while Norwich dropped into the bottom three.

If Hart could turn back time

Joe Hart watches on as Manchester City win 7-0 against Norwich

In Manchester City's title winning 2011-12 season, Joe Hart played all 38 games, keeping 17 clean sheets and conceding just 29 goals. He made 97 saves with a save to shot ratio of 77%

So far this season, Hart has played nine games for City, keeping three clean sheets and conceding 11 goals. He has made 19 saves with a save to shot ratio of 63.3%

It was as impressive an attacking display from Manuel Pellegrini's side as they have produced this season as they continued their dominance on home soil this season - they have won all five Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium.

In fact, they have not lost at their own ground in the league since they were beaten 3-2 by Norwich in May.

But City's strength at home had not been the talking point in the build up to kick-off. Instead, it was the absence of Hart from the starting line-up.

The 26-year-old had started every Premier League game since making his debut for the club in April 2010, and will undoubtedly be determined to win back his place in the side as soon as possible with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil seventh months away.

However, Costel Pantilimon - Hart's replacement - will be keen to establish himself as City's number one, although he had little opportunity to make an impression against the toothless visitors.

Instead, much of the play was contested in Norwich's half and the game was effectively over when City scored four goals in 20 first-half minutes.

'Complete' City delight Pelligrini

The first came in fortuitous fashion when Silva's initial shot was blocked and Aguero's stab at the rebound cannoned off the boot of Johnson and looped over Norwich keeper John Ruddy.

The visitors had little time to regroup from that setback as City added a second minutes later. Nasri's smart ball split open the defence and Aguero raced into the box before pulling the ball back to Silva, who beat Ruddy with a first-time shot.

The goals continued to come as City tore apart a fragile Norwich with embarrassing ease. A touch of fortune resulted in City's third as Nastasic's header from Nasri's corner deflected off Russell Martin and the fourth quickly followed.

It was a moment of real quality. Toure, an impressive presence throughout, clipped the ball through the Norwich defence for Aguero, and although there was a suggestion the Argentina striker had strayed offside, he was allowed to continue and his pass across the face of goal was tapped in by Negredo.

Slick City sink another side

  • City have won all five home games in the Premier League this season, and 10 of their last 11 dating back to February. The only exception was the 3-2 defeat by Norwich in May
  • The 2012 title winners have scored in each of their last 55 Premier League matches at the Etihad Stadium

Pantilimon made his first contribution of the game when he pushed Anthony Pilkington's speculative low effort wide, before City swiftly resumed their dominance as Toure's shot on the turn was held by Ruddy just before the break.

The half-time introduction of Johan Elmander and Josh Murphy revived Norwich with the former flashing a powerful volley wide from close range.

But it proved little more than a brief respite as City added a fifth when Dzeko was fouled 20 yards from goal and Toure stepped up to expertly curl the free kick over the Norwich wall and into the top-left corner of the goal.

I take full responsibility - Hughton

A sixth arrived with less than 20 minutes remaining when a poor clearance by Sebastien Bassong fell kindly for Aguero, who smashed the ball into the net from the middle of the area.

There was still time for Dzeko to get his name on the scoresheet when he turned inside the area and swept the ball beyond the outstretched arm of Ruddy.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Manchester City

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 05 Zabaleta Booked
  • 22 Clichy
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 33 Nastasic
  • 08 Nasri (Milner - 71' )
  • 42 Yaya Touré
  • 09 Negredo (Dzeko - 45' )
  • 16 Agüero
  • 21 Silva (Jesús Navas - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 02 Richards
  • 06 Lescott
  • 07 Milner
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 15 Jesús Navas

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 04 Johnson
  • 06 Turner Booked
  • 05 Bassong
  • 03 Whittaker (Murphy - 45' )
  • 08 Howson
  • 11 Hooper (Elmander - 45' )
  • 10 Fer
  • 12 Pilkington

Substitutes

  • 13 Bunn
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 16 Elmander
  • 18 Garrido
  • 19 Becchio
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 31 Murphy
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 47,066

Match Stats

Shots

27 7

On target

9 1

Corners

10 3

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester City 7, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 7, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +1:13

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

90:00 +1:13

Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:56

Attempt missed. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

88:51

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:51

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

87:37

Offside, Manchester City. Sergio Agüero tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

86:48

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

86:45

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

85:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 7, Norwich City 0. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

83:23

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

83:20

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Ruddy.

82:53

Attempt blocked. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

82:51

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

81:11 Booking

Booking Michael Turner (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:08

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:08

Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

80:10

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by John Ruddy.

80:06

Attempt saved. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martín Demichelis.

77:37

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Leroy Fer.

74:19

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:19

Foul by Jonathan Howson (Norwich City).

72:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces David Silva.

70:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 6, Norwich City 0. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

70:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Samir Nasri.

66:38

Attempt blocked. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

65:36

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

63:54

Attempt blocked. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:35

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:35

Foul by Jonathan Howson (Norwich City).

63:02

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Silva.

61:27

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Russell Martin.

59:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 5, Norwich City 0. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

58:43

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:43

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

58:09

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:09

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

57:22

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Johan Elmander.

56:33

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

54:22

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

54:20

Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

52:53

Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a cross.

52:23

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Manchester City).

52:23

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:36

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

50:03

Hand ball by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

49:45

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross.

49:13

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Josh Murphy.

46:18 Booking

Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:53

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

45:53

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:34

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:34

Foul by Jonathan Howson (Norwich City).

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester City 4, Norwich City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Álvaro Negredo.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Johan Elmander replaces Gary Hooper.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Steven Whittaker.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 4, Norwich City 0.

42:26

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Russell Martin.

41:08

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Russell Martin.

40:31

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a cross.

38:13

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Álvaro Negredo.

37:33

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

37:31

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

35:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 4, Norwich City 0. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

35:07

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

34:38

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

33:21

Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:21

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

32:48

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

32:22

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

32:19

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

24:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 3, Norwich City 0. Matija Nastasic (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri following a corner.

23:39

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

19:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Norwich City 0. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

17:10

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

17:10

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:20 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Bradley Johnson, Norwich City. Manchester City 1, Norwich City 0.

15:17

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:15

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

14:07

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by David Silva.

10:09

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:09

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City).

8:13

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

8:13

Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:29

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Howson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

1:22

Attempt missed. Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a corner.

0:51

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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