- Victory for Leicester City on Monday against Newcastle could see the gap between Manchester City and the league leaders extended by 12 points
- Norwich deployed a defensive strategy to frustrate Manchester City
- The strategy made City coach Pellegrini substitute Wilfried Bony for Raheem Sterling
- Patrick Bamford could have scored a half-volley against Manchester City
- Norwich supporters celebrated their first point in as many as ten matches
Manuel Pellegrini’s dream of ending the season as EPL winner before the arrival of former Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola, took a nose dive when Manchester City were held to a goalless draw by lowly placed Norwich at Carrow Road stadium on Saturday.
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Victory for run-away league leaders Leicester City on Monday against Newcastle will see them move 12 points clear of City who remain fourth.
In the game, a hugely talented Manchester City team was expected to run over Norwich who had lost nine out of ten games and rooted in the bottom three.
Norwich had conceded goals in their last nine encounters and Alex Neil, their coach had to play a water tight man marking of the treacherous City forward of David Silva, Kun Aguero and Wilfried Bony for the most part of the game.
It worked to near perfection, and would have been a heroic team performance had Chelsea’s loaned player, Patrick Bamford’s half-volley effort from 25 yards out which grazed the bar, gone in.
An ineffective Wilfried Bony had to be replaced by Raheem Sterling only few minutes into the second half, and Norwich had to bring on Cameron Jerome and Dieumerci Mbokani up front.
Graham Dorrans could have stunned Manchester City with a late opportunity but blew it away.
The Norwich supporters were seen celebrating at the end of the game, obviously for managing to end a streak of 9 defeats in 10 games.