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Norwich City 3-4 Man City

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Nasri: Saw red after Bassong challenge

Nasri: Saw red after Bassong challenge

Manchester City scraped a 4-3 win against a resurgent Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, despite going down to ten men in the first half.

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The Citizens went ahead early with two Edin Dzeko goals, with Sergio Aguero and a Mark Bunn own goal contributing to the win, while Anthony Pilkington and Russel Martin netted for the Canaries.

After the Boxing Day defeat at Sunderland it was imperative that the visitors made a promising start away from home, and they could not have had a better one.

After just 83 seconds Aguero found David Silva and the Spaniard squared for Dzeko to roll home his first of the afternoon.

Norwich hadn't started at all and their task was made even tougher just two minutes later when Aguero got to the byline and cut back for Dzeko to slide in his second.

At that point it looked like the Champions could rack up a cricket score, but Norwich clicked into gear and started a fightback in the 15th minute. Pilkington's free-kick found a hole in Joe Hart's wall and left the keeper wrong footed as it nestled in the net.

It was game on just before the break when Sebastien Bassong and Samir Nasri clashed heads after a rash challenge on the Frenchman.

City were left facing an uphill task to hold on after former Arsenal man was dismissed for an attempted headbutt. The visitors were enraged when Bassong only received a yellow card.

Norwich started the second half slowly, however, and paid the price in the 50th minute when Mark Bunn's clearance fell at the feet of Yaya Toure, who lifted it into the path of Aguero who did the rest.

Norwich came again and Russell Martin nodded into an empty net after Man City made a hash of clearing a Robert Snodgrass corner shortly after the hour mark.

Their hopes seemed to have been dashed for good when Dzeko burst away in the right channel and his shot found its way inside the near post just three minutes later. The Bosnian wheeled away claiming a hat-trick, but replays showed his shot hit the post and rebounded in off the unfortunate Bunn.

Another goalmouth scramble fifteen minutes from time left City nerves jangling when Russell Martin prodded home from the edge of the six yard box.

Roberto Mancini's side held on though to keep themselves within seven points of table topping Manchester United. Norwich, on the other hand, will be kicking themselves for conceding two second half goals to the ten men that eventually cost them dearly.

Posted: 29/12/12 17:36

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