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Norwich City 0-0 Manchester City

Gary Hooper's goal is disallowed for offside

Manchester City squandered a chance to return to the top of the Premier League as they were held at Norwich.

The visitors seemed short on confidence after Monday's defeat by Chelsea, and their only genuine chance came when Alvaro Negredo headed against the bar.

Norwich's Nathan Redmond fired high and wide before Jesus Navas was off target.

Manuel Pellegrini

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Manchester City had to hang on near the end as Norwich were inches from scoring and, after Chelsea beat Newcastle, they slipped to third in the table.

Despite Jose Mourinho's side replacing Arsenal as league leaders, Manuel Pellegrini's side remain two points off the summit.

But the 1-0 loss to Chelsea, which ended a 20-game unbeaten run, seemed to have a lasting effect on a team who have previously scored freely this season.

And they were fortunate they did not lose twice in a week after a late scare when Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Anthony Pilkington somehow failed to connect with Redmond's cross, before Pilkington curled another opportunity over.

Manchester City thumped Norwich 7-0 at Etihad Stadium in November, but chances were at a premium at Carrow Road with the Canaries well disciplined in defence.

The result means the visitors failed to score in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January 2012, and the point keeps Norwich two points above the relegation zone in 16th place.

Without Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Fernandinho, the visitors lacked pace in attack, while their strikeforce of Stevan Jovetic and Negredo disappointed.

And they would have gone behind early on had Redmond not skewed an angled shot over with only Joe Hart to beat. Gary Hooper also had a goal disallowed after being correctly ruled offside following a corner.

Those opportunities seem to give the visitors a jolt and, after dominating possession with James Milner in the heart of midfield, they began to add incisiveness to their play.

Chris Hughton

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Negredo headed against the bar following a Martin Demichelis flick-on from Navas's corner and the Spanish striker then smacked a shot just wide before Jovetic tested John Ruddy in Norwich's goal.

Good defending by Russell Martin and Martin Olsson prevented further chances, while Joseph Yobo added ballast to the defence on his Norwich debut, his first Premier League appearance since 2010.

Jovetic was replaced by Edin Dzeko, before Negredo was puzzled by his substitution as Aleksandar Kolarov came on, but they could not find a breakthrough.

Pellegrini's side continued to press for a winner and suffered a further moment of worry when a Yaya Toure kick on Van Wolfswinkel was not seen by the referee.

They will want their injured players back before they face Chelsea in the FA Cup and Barcelona in the Champions League later this month. And Wednesday's game at the Etihad against lowly Sunderland could be the perfect opportunity to find their feet again.

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Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Martin
  • 23Olsson
  • 27TetteyBooked at 80mins
  • 26Yobo
  • 5Bassong Nguena
  • 22Redmond
  • 4Johnson
  • 11HooperSubstituted forvan Wolfswinkelat 68'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 10Fer
  • 12PilkingtonSubstituted forWhittakerat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 13Bunn
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Garrido
  • 19Becchio
  • 31Murphy

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 22Clichy
  • 7MilnerBooked at 75mins
  • 4Kompany
  • 26Demichelis
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 42Y Touré
  • 9NegredoSubstituted forKolarovat 77'minutes
  • 35JoveticSubstituted forDzekoat 61'minutes
  • 21Silva

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 6Lescott
  • 10Dzeko
  • 13Kolarov
  • 17Rodwell
  • 30Pantilimon
  • 64Rony Lopes
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
26,832

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away14
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 0, Manchester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Manchester City 0.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Steven Whittaker replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

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

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jesús Navas following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Anthony Pilkington.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Silva.

Booking

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

Booking

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

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

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Álvaro Negredo.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Silva.

Booking

James Milner (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

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

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

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

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joseph Yobo.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Gary Hooper because of an injury.

Delay in match Gary Hooper (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt saved. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Stevan Jovetic.

Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

goal

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