Six days after suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Chelsea thanks to a nasty mistake shared by Joe Hart and defender Matija Nastasic which led to the former being relegated to the bench . Manchester City seized the opportunity of playing in front of their home fans to atone for dropping three point along the road to the top of the table by thrashing an unsuspecting Norwich City who did nothing wrong to deserve what the team from the blue side of Manchester dished out for them.
An unfortunate own goal by Bradley Johnson got the ball rolling in the 16th minute, with further goals from David Silva, Matija Nastasic and Alvaro Negredo putting City 4-0 up by the 36th minute.
Yaya Toure made it five with a sumptuous free-kick on the hour, before late goals from Sergio Aguero and substitute Edin Dzeko completed Norwich’s misery.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton, meanwhile, made two changes to the side held 0-0 by Cardiff City last weekend, with Steven Whittaker and Johnson drafted in for injured duo Alexander Tettey and Robert Snodgrass.
The pre game analysis focused mainly on the absence of Joe Hart in the City's starting line up but once the game got under way City began to press down the gas pedal.
Samir Nasri spurned a good opportunity to put City ahead in the 15th minute when he sliced a left-foot shot against the post following a one-two with Silva, but the home fans did not have to wait long for a goal.
Moments later the ball arrived at Aguero’s feet after Silva had seen an effort blocked and although Michael Turner got in the way of the Argentine’s shot, the ball ricocheted off Johnson and looped into the net.
Silva made it 2-0 four minutes later, drilling a shot beneath Ruddy with his left foot from Aguero’s lay-off after a raking ball over the top from Toure.
Fortune deserted Norwich again five minutes after that, when Nastasic added a third with a header that glanced in off visiting defender Russell Martin following a right-wing corner.
Aguero turned provider again nine minutes before half-time, crossing for Negredo to tap home after being found close to the byline by Toure.
Pantilimon was finally tested in the 38th minute when he had to save from Anthony Pilkington, but City were quickly back on the attack, with Toure shooting straight at Ruddy after Leroy Fer conceded possession.
Johan Elmander squandered a chance to reduce the arrears early in the second half when he side-footed wide from Johnson’s cross.
Ruddy then displayed sharp reflexes to prevent Nasri getting on the score-sheet, but he stood little chance on the hour when Toure beat him from 20 yards with his third free-kick of the season.
Aguero got the goal his industry merited in the 71st minute, smashing home from 10 yards after Silva’s cross was only partially cleared by Sebastien Bassong.
Ruddy saved well from Jesus Navas, but City kept coming and Dzeko added a seventh with four minutes remaining from Navas’s pass.
The result was able to put Manchester City three points within leaders Arsenal not until Arsenal extended that to six after defeating Liverpool later that same day.