England colleagues John Ruddy and Joe Hart after the game. Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images
drawing a blank

Man City held scoreless again by Chris Hughton's Canaries

It hasn’t been a good week for Manuel Pellegrini.

MANCHESTER CITY DREW a blank for the second time this week to lose vital ground in the title race with a 0-0 draw against Norwich City.

Manuel Pellegrini’s previously free-scoring side — who last month reached 100 goals in all competitions faster than any team in the Premier League era — have run into unforeseen problems in their last two outings, losing the Premier League’s top spot to Chelsea in the process.

A 1-0 loss at home to Jose Mourinho’s side on Monday was compounded by another lacklustre display at Carrow Road – the absence of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho due to a muscle strain once again keenly felt.

Alvaro Negredo headed a first-half corner against the crossbar but clear chances were in short supply as Norwich claimed an unexpected point in their fight for top-flight survival.

A win would have taken the 2012 champions top following Arsenal’s 5-1 thrashing at Anfield, but Chelsea are now in the driving seat after easing past Newcastle 3-0.

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