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Norwich v City: Fans' favourite

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Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash at Carrow Road, we asked fans on Twitter to choose their favourite of four memorable recent clashes with Norwich.

With 70% of the vote, there was a clear winner - so without further ado, let's see what it was...

City 7-0 Norwich, 2 November 2013

The Blues welcomed the Canaries to the Etihad Stadium, looking to prove their title credentials - they certainly achieved that feat.

Manuel Pellegrini's men notched their biggest ever Premier League victory, securing their fifth home league win in as many games in the process.

The hosts found themselves 4-0 up inside 36 minutes, courtesy of a Bradley Johnson own goal, plus efforts from David Silva, Matija Nastasic and Alvaro Negredo.

The onslaught continued after the break as Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko strikes compounded the visitors' misery.

It was the perfect response to the previous week's last-gasp defeat at Chelsea, with the Blues moving up to fourth in the table. They would finish the campaign as league champions.

Match highlights

Starting XIs

City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nastasic, Demichelis, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Silva (Navas 73), Nasri (Milner 71), Aguero, Negredo (Dzeko 46)

Unused subs: Hart, Richards, Kolarov, Lescott

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Olsson, Johnson, Turner, Bassong, Whittaker (Murphy 46), Howson, Hooper (Elmander 46), Fer, Pilkington

Unused subs: Bunn, Hoolahan, Garrido, Becchio, R Bennett

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Key moments

16' - The deadlock is broken as Aguero's effort is blocked but ricochets off Johnson and loops over Ruddy

20' - Silva doubles the advantage, drilling home Kun's lay-off

24' - Nastasic's deflected header finds the net from Samir Nasri's corner

36' - Negredo adds to the tally, converting Aguero's cut-back from close range

61' - Toure curls an excellent free-kick into the top corner

70' - Aguero scores the sixth, volleying in a low effort as Silva's cross fell to his feet

86' - Dzeko completes the rout, turning well in the box and firing into the far corner


"Four goals in the opening 36 minutes were ample reward for a dominant home side who sliced through a dispirited opposition at will. They added three more in the second period just to add an exclamation mark and set a new stadium best in the Premier League." - Chris Bailey, MCFC

"Whatever Manchester City’s away-day failings this season, their home form remains irresistible and after racing into a 4-0 lead inside 36 minutes, they strutted like peacocks with Yaya Toure’s free-kick the pick of the goals." - Joe Bernstein, the Daily Mail

"Manuel Pellegrini's men were in ruthless mood in front of their home fans yet again, effectively wrapping up victory with three goals in the space of nine first-half minutes before turning on the style after half-time." - Sky Sports

"The first half was all a little surreal as City hardly played out of their skins, but just kept rolling in the goals." - Stuart Brennan, the Manchester Evening News

"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." - BBC Sport

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