Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been in great goal scoring form off late but against Norwich at home, they struggled to create as many chances and they needed a late Yaya Toure penalty to seal all three points and stay top the Premier League table for yet another week. Alex Neil feel hard done by loosing a point late in the game.
Let’s take a look at how the team’s performed in the game.
Joe Hart (2.5): Spilled Brady’s cross to grant Jerome’s equalizer but made amends with a great save on a deflected Martin Olsson shot in stoppage time.
Vincent Kompany (3): Was largely solid in front of Hart for long spells and went close with a header in the first half from a Kevin De Bruyne corner.
Nicolas Otamendi (4): Made a number of important challenges, protected his goalkeeper stoutly, and opened the scoring with a bullet header in the second half.
Bacary Sagna (3): Didn’t get forward as much as he would have liked due to Norwich’s shape at the back, but linked up well with the likes of Jesus Navas and De Bruyne.
Aleksandar Kolarov (2.5): Like Sagna, he found it hard to penetrate the Norwich defense as a result of their back five system. Also missed a penalty late on, but did not really make a difference.
Yaya Toure (4): Covered a lot of ground and his passing was sharp and accurate all game. Won it for his side late on with a confident penalty from the spot.
Kevin De Bruyne (3.5): Played in a number of dangerous crosses and set pieces, with one of them conjuring up Otamendi’s opener before coming off early in the second half.
Fernandinho (3): Made few mistakes with his passing but was overrun on a few occasions by Norwich’s midfielders in the second half.
Jesus Navas (3): Caused Olsson a number of problems with his combination play alongside the likes of Sagna down the right flank.
Wilfried Bony (3): Brought others into the game with his hold-up play but missed a number of good opportunities to score.
Kelechi Iheanacho (2.5): Looked steady when combining with Bony before coming off in the second half.
Raheem Sterling (3.5): Won two penalties after coming into the game late in the second half as he used all his pace down the flank to give the Norwich back-line plenty of problems
Martin Demichelis (3)
John Ruddy (2.5): Spilled a Navas cross late on, which led to Martin sacrificing himself by stopping a Sterling shot with his arm and getting sent off.
Sebastien Bassong (3): Dealt with Man City’s attacks with solid anticipation and was constantly alert getting balls out of his side’s danger zone.
Martin Olsson (3): Found it tough in the second half against Navas and De Bruyne but was a steady performer
Ryan Bennett (2.5): Came off second best against Otamendi in the build up to Man City’s opening goal.
Russell Martin (3): Defended well for most of the game but got sent off for handling a shot by Sterling which led to Man City being awarded their winning penalty.
Robbie Brady (2.5): Unexpectedly helped his side go level with a cross that was spilled by Hart for Jerome’s goal but gave away a late penalty on Sterling in a mixed afternoon.
Matt Jarvis (2.5): Forced a good save from Hart with a first-half effort but came off during the break with an injury.
Youssouf Mulumbu (3): Distributed possession neatly around him before coming off in the second half as precautionary measure as he has only recently returned from injury.
Jonny Howson (3): Tracked back deep into his own half for most of the match to deal with Man City’s attacking players in an energetic display.
Alexander Tettey (3): Put in a good shift and made it difficult for the hosts to find joy until Martin’s dismissal.
Cameron Jerome (3): Received little service towards him but held it up when available, and was allowed to score from Hart’s mistake late on which was inconsequential.
Gary O’Neil (2.5)
Nathan Redmond (3)