City picked up their first win on the road since lifting the Championship trophy on May 5th.
As soon as the team news came out, you knew that City were going to play counter attacking football. Both Trybull and Tettey were in the team whilst centre midfielder McLean played further up the pitch.
That was certainly the case in the first thirty minutes. City looked dangerous on the counter whilst Everton had the bulk of the possession.
Then, City grew into the game and ended the half the better team but couldn’t capitalise with a goal.
The break through came on the fifty fourth minute through Todd Cantwell. Pukki slid the through to Cantwell who cooly slotted home. City were ahead away from home for the first time this season.
Before City got their second, the inevitable happened. Wave after wave of attacks came against the Canaries previously weak defence. Just like Norwich couldn’t score when they were on top, Everton couldn’t score when they had the opportunity late in the game.
For City’s second, Buendia luckily found Srbeny who could have gone down but he stayed in his feet and slid the ball past Pickford.
Here are our player ratings for City’s first win since Manchester City.
Tim Krul: 7
He wasn’t tested as much as usual but when called upon he didn’t let his sturdy defence down.
Sam Byram: 8
Considering the right back was playing on the left, he was brilliant. In for the injured Lewis Byram, he found himself in the opposition box on many occasions and dealt with Wallcott to perfection.
Christoph Zimmermann: 7
Back in training and straight back into the team. Despite not being captain he barked orders at his fellow defenders all evening. The injury hit defender chucked himself in front of every shot and his distribution was second to none.
Ben Godfrey: 7
Looked as if he had the weight of the world lifted off his shoulders with the return of his centre back partner. His distribution was also second to none and was cool and composed when others around him were getting nervous late on.
Max Aarons: 6
I criticised him in my Predicted XI article but he silenced the critics with that performance. He looked at home in the Premier League despite being just 19. He also dealt with dangerous young Brazilian Richarlison brilliantly and kept his contribution down to a few scuffed shots.
Alex Tettey: 66
He captained the side and sat around the centre circle governing the midfield. Very little got past him all game. He did his job well.
Tom Trybull: 7
He was giving a bit more freedom to help the attacks with defensive midfielder Tettey along side him. He was also a crucial part of City’s defence, a new partnership that could work for City.
Todd Cantwell: 9
He was everywhere. He tracked back and stopped a dangerous counter attack with a perfectly timed tackle. His performance was merited with a cool finished past England number one Pickford.
Kenny McLean: 8
Try Canaries have struggled in the attacking midfield position this season but they look to have found their man with McLean. He pressed all game and when an the ball always found the foward pass. The Scottish international took all the set pieces in Buendia’s absence and his deliveries were always on point.
Onel Hernandez: 7
Not in the spotlight like he has been in recent weeks but when on the ball he did well. Attacking full back Sidibe left holes in the Toffees defence which Hernandez exploited. The Cuban should have scored though. He was one on one with Pickford but he shot straight at the keeper.
Teemu Pukki: 6
Didn’t give the Everton defence a second on the ball but he still didn’t get a chance to net. He did toe poke the ball to Cantwell for the Canaries opener, though.