City's seven shooters hit headlines
- 03 November 2013 09:44
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
It’s not every week City score seven goals so a little indulgence should be forgiven as we sift through the Sunday reviews of the victory over Norwich City.
With the Canaries treated to the dreaded words in brackets confirming the goals conceded on vidiprinters yesterday, there’s a plethora of not-too-dissimilar headlines that adorn the match reports today.
‘Seven and Hell’ and ‘Ruddy Hell’ win hands down, but it’s perhaps unfair to target the Norwich keeper for the margin of defeat with the collective blame lying surely with a woefully off-colour East Anglian starting XI who, let’s not forgot, won at the Etihad 3-2 less than six months ago.
The Sunday Mirror’s Simon Mullock, opting for ‘Seventh Heaven’, writes: “A Manchester City starting XI that didn’t contain a single Englishman looked in the mood to run riot anyway.
“But they were given a huge hand by the visitors’ keeper as they recorded their biggest top-flight win since the halcyon days of Bell, Lee and Summerbee.
“Norwich recorded their worst ever too-flight defeat, as rocky Ruddy flapped and flopped at almost everything that came his way.
“It didn’t help that even his team-mates peppered him. Canaries’ midfielder Bradley Johnson began the carnage with an own-goal in the 16th minute.
The Observer’s Jamie Jackson picks up on quotes from Manuel Pellegrini who elected to rest Joe Hart against Chris Hughton’s side.
He writes: “Explaining his decision, City's manager said: ‘For this game I think that Joe needs a rest, it could be useful for him. He played the last two and a half years every match here, every player can have a bad moment and we will work hard behind Joe so that he can return to his normal best performance as soon as possible.’”
Finally, the MEN’s Stuart Brennan notes the rapturous ovation afforded to David Silva as he was substituted midway through the second half as he writes: “The roar which greeted Silva as he trotted off after 70 minutes, his work done, spoke volumes.
The little Spaniard was quite brilliant as he masterminded a Blue goal glut, their biggest home win since the famous 10-1 demolition of Huddersfield in 1987
“The goals were neatly shared out, with six different City players, and one unfortunate Norwich defender, getting on the lopsided score-sheet as the Canaries were thumped 7-0.
“The first half was all a little surreal as City hardly played out of their skins, but just kept rolling in the goals.”