Norwich City 0-0 Manchester City: Player ratings on a frustrating afternoon for visitors

The visitors were unable to beat John Ruddy, and missed a golden opportunity to close the gap with the teams above them.

Norwich City 0-0 Manchester City: Player ratings on a frustrating afternoon for visitors
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John Ruddy and his defensive counterparts were resolute as they thwarted the visitors - title-chasing Manchester City at Carrow Road. Manuel Pellegrini will be scratching his head: how and why are his players so inconsistent on the road this term? Some individuals were better than others, but it was another frustrating result for a side ultimately on a mission to impress - with the impending arrival of Pep Guardiola edging ever closer.

Defensively, solid when occasionally tested

Joe Hart: Didn't have much to do, commanded his area well and punched the ball clear when danger did arise upon occasion. 6

Bacary Sagna: Has made the right-back spot his own this term in Pablo Zabaleta's absence, was good again this afternoon. Linked-up well with Jesús Navas on the right, swung in a few promising deliveries too. 7

Vincent Kompany: A real captain's performance. Made a succession of interceptions, tackles and blocks to keep Norwich's frontline at bay, and was smart when he made the occasional cynical foul too. 9

Nicolas Otámendi: Was solid, despite a few mistakes that you'd expect him to iron out over time. Still prone to a rash challenge or two, but his physicality was ultimately too much for Patrick Bamford to handle. 7

Gäel Clichy: Was effective and defensively solid when relied upon down the left, taking no prisoners with a number of crunching - but clean - challenges. 7

Midfield - decent but unspectacular

Jesús Navas: Although his final ball has been questioned a lot since his arrival at Eastlands, was an overall good display by the pacey Spaniard. Was a constant threat down the right-hand side, but couldn't help conjure up that moment of magic to break the deadlock. 7

Fernando: Gave Fernandinho the licence to get forward more often than he normally would, and protected the backline well when required - kept the ball moving across the turf with fluidity and made interceptions too. 7

Fernandinho: Was refreshing to see the Brazilian have more attacking freedom, and his presence in that midfield role made him a nuisance for the Norwich backline to deal with - not least his high-energy levels. Unlucky not to find a way through. 7.5

David Silva: Was isolated early on as Norwich looked to bully him off-the-ball, but the magician did well to increase his attacking influence throughout. 7

Bony ineffective, Agüero the opposite

Wilfried Bony: Frustrating. Was sloppy in possession and didn't get involved enough in an attacking sense. His substitution was inevitable, and more questions continue to arise - how long will he stay at Eastlands if he continues to perform like this? 5

Sergio Agüero: Was lively and eager to score in the first-half, but as the game wore on, looked slightly lethargic and his touch let him down on a few occasions too. 7

Substitutes

Raheem Sterling: Changed the pace of the game effectively, and looked like a youngster on the pitch with a purpose - probably should've started. 6.5

Kelechi Iheanacho and Pablo Zabaleta: Neither had seen much of the ball, or sufficient time, to gain a fair rating in the latter stages.