Redknapp slams second-half display from Manchester City

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp had some harsh words for Manchester City after they drew 0-0 with Norwich City at Carrow Road.

 

Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports, broadcast on March 12 at 2.45pm, that Manchester City's second-half performance against Norwich City was "diabolical".

 

City started strongly at Carrow Road and had chances to take the lead during the opening 30 minutes, but late in the first half and after the restart, they struggled to create any opportunities against a side who have not won in the Premier League during 2016.

 

The result has left City in fourth place in the table, still nine points adrift of league leaders Leicester City, and Redknapp has suggested that Manuel Pellegrini's men missed out on increasing the pressure on the teams above them.

 

Redknapp said: "To have no shots on target in the second half - that is diabolical. They have only scored 13 goals away from home all season and they haven't won back-to-back games since October.

"They were chasing it a bit in the second half and they moved David Silva into the second half, and I thought they did better, but it still wasn't good enough when you think about the talent that they had at their disposal.

"I don't want to take anything away from Norwich, but they were there for the taking today."

Of their forward players, only Sergio Aguero looked a constant threat to the Norwich backline, with John Ruddy having to show sharp reactions to prevent the Argentine from netting on two occasions.

However, Wilfried Bony was ineffective during his 58 minutes on the pitch, and replacement Raheem Sterling struggled to make an impact in the closing stages.

On Tuesday night, City face Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of their Champions League last-of-16 tie, before they host rivals Manchester United next weekend.

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