A fine Sergio Aguero strike and a hilarious goal from Mario Balotelli helped Manchester City to a 5-1 win over a poor Norwich City at Eastlands, as the hosts remained unbeaten in 14 Premier League matches this season.
In a match the big-spending Blues dominated, a great piece of skill from Aguero opened the scoring on 32 minutes, with Samir Nasri adding a second after a goalkeeping error by John Ruddy and Yaya Toure making it 3-0 with a smart low finish.
The Canaries pulled one back late on as Steve Morison headed in a fine cross from David Fox, but they were no threat to City who added two more through Balotelli – who brought a new dimension to the term ‘tap-in’ – and fellow substitute Adam Johnson.
The result puts the title favourites eight points clear of city rivals Manchester United, who can close the gap with a result against Aston Villa later.
Despite the thrashing, promoted Norwich stay in mid-table and seven points clear of the drop zone.