Manchester City annihilate Norwich in record scoreline

IF NORWICH goalkeeper John Ruddy (pictured) was hoping to capitalise on his England teammate Joe Hart being dropped by Manchester City, picking the ball out of his net seven times was not the way to do it.

Ruddy, Hart's England deputy, found himself on the wrong end of a 7-0 thrashing as Manchester City recorded its biggest win in the Premier League, and its best in the top-flight since 1968.

Hart watched from the substitutes' bench as six different scorers and an own goal moved City to fourth on the premiership ladder, while Norwich dropped into the bottom three.

Elsewhere, Arsenal maintained its challenge for a first trophy in nine seasons after a 2-0 home win against Liverpool opened up a five-point lead at the top.

Chelsea suffered a shock 2-0 loss at Newcastle, champions Manchester United won 3-1 at Fulham, Sunderland finished with nine men at Hull after Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena were sent off in the 1-0 loss, while Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored one of the quickest goals in English league history, after his clearance went into Southampton's net 14 seconds into the 1-1 draw.

West Ham and Aston Villa drew 0-0.

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