Jack Rodwell may have scored a brace on the day but it wasn’t enough to prevent Manchester City from losing their last Barclays Premiership match of the season as Norwich ran out 3-2 winners at the Etihad on Sunday.
In spite of the loss City still finished second on the league table, three points clear of fourth placed Chelsea while Norwich jumped to eleventh place with the three points.
Despite the game seeing five goals, the opening 20 minutes was a rather dull affair as neither side seemed able to really find their footing in the match.
In fact, both sides squandered possession with some bad passing and poor decision making in the final third of the field.
Finally, in the 22nd minute we saw our first piece of action as Norwich’s Ryan Bennett rose highest to meet a corner-kick, but he saw his effort cleared off the line by Joleon Lescott.
Four minutes later, though, and Norwich did take the lead as some awful defending from City allowed Wes Hoolahan to nudge the ball through for an unmarked Anthony Pilkington to slot home, 1-0.
City, however, were quick to retort as Jack Rodwell found the equaliser with a crashing shot into the corner of the net in the 29th minute, 1-1.
Two minutes later and only the acrobatics of Joe Hart kept the scores level when he was at full stretch to turn a Robert Snodgrass free-kick around the post
The start of the second 45 saw the away side continue to dominate proceedings and Hart was called into action again three minutes after the restart after a fingertip save to deny Bradley Johnson a headed goal.
Norwich, though, did find their second goal in the 54th minute as a superb cross field pass from Hoolahan found Snodgrass on the right of the box, who controlled the ball well, before rolling it across to Grant Holt who put the ball into an empty net, 2-1.
City, however, again hit back in quick fashion with Rodwell drawing them level for the second time six minutes after going behind. It was a quick counter-attack that saw Yaya Toure slip Rodwell through on goal and he produced a clinical finish, 2-2.
Norwich, though, were determined to make it their afternoon and went in front for the third time in the 65th minute as Jonny Howson scored a fantastic goal, running from just inside his own area into the box before placing home a lovely finish, 3-2.
City tried to find their way back into the game but a solid performance was enough to see Norwich hold on for the win.