City see off Orient
Norwich City 4, Leyton Orient 0 Three goals in the space of six minutes in the second half put Norwich City on course for an emphatic League One home victory over Leyton Orient.
Norwich City 4, Leyton Orient 0
Three goals in the space of six minutes in the second half put Norwich City on course for an emphatic League One home victory over Leyton Orient.
But it took until the 75th minute before they broke the deadlock when substitute Chris Martin produced a fine finish for his third goal of the season.
Skipper Grant Holt's volley and Michael Spillane's first goal for the club ensured victory for Paul Lambert's men as 10-man Orient finally buckled.
Substitute Jamie Cureton beat the offside trap to make it 4-0 in stoppage time with a cool finish.
The visitors had played most of the second half a man short after J J Melligan was shown the red card for a foul on Adam Drury.
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There was a surprise recall for defender Gary Doherty and a home debut for 18-year-old Declan Rudd, who kept a clean sheet on his Carrow Road baptism.
Doherty was making his first appearance since the Carling Cup defeat by Sunderland, with Spillane moving to right-back to cover for the injured Jon Otsemobor.
Rudd, who played for an hour at Gillingham after Fraser Forster's red card, replaced the suspended goalkeeper, while there was a recall for Paul McVeigh at the expense of Luke Daley.
Orient included three ex-Canaries in their line-up in Andrew Cave-Brown, Ryan Jarvis and Jimmy Smith.
The Canaries dominated the opening half but were unable to find a way past keeper Jamie Jones.
Simon Lappin and Wes Hoolahan were denied by Jones from City's best openings, while Charlie Daniels rattled the woodwork for the visitors.
Rudd was forced to make his first save in the seventh minute, diving to his left to push away a long-range shot by Luke Summerfield.
At the other end, Paul McVeigh's corner was cleared as far as Darel Russell, whose pass was met by a first-time effort by the recalled Doherty that was blocked at close range.
Left-back Daniels was desperately unlucky not to give Orient the lead in the 12th minute when his cracking left-foot shot from more than 30 yards struck the crossbar with Rudd beaten.
City should have gone ahead in the 15th minute when a superb pass by Korey Smith enabled Hoolahan to beat the offside trap but he was unable to get a shot in and instead set up Lappin, whose shot was blocked by keeper Jones.
Jimmy Smith was the first player booked after 21 minutes when he upended Russell.
McVeigh tested Jones with a curling left-foot effort as City pressed again but the 'keeper was right behind it.
Spillane was next to force the keeper into action with a header from a tight angle from Holt's cross.
Nine minutes before the break, Holt presented McVeigh with another shooting chance but he fired straight at Jones.
The Canaries were turning on the style now and Jones made a vital save with his leg from Hoolahan after a neat one-two with Holt.
Hoolahan then fired over the top in the closing moments of the half.
City began brightly from the restart and Hoolahan's shot was blocked by Ben Chorley. Then Holt met McVeigh's corner with a form header that struck Hoolahan.
James Scowcroft became the second Orient player booked after a late challenge on Spillane.
Orient were reduced to 10 men after 52 minutes when J J Melligan was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Drury, catching him high on the thigh with his studs.
Jones denied Norwich again in the 63rd minute when he kept out Holt's far-post header at point-blank range after an excellent cross by Spillane.
City made their first change after 66 minutes when McVeigh was replaced by Martin.
Goalkeeper Jones needed treatment midway through the half after colliding with Martin after bravely cutting out a cross by Holt.
City finally broke the deadlock after 75 minutes when substitute Martin scored his third goal of the season.
Korey Smith supplied the telling pass and Martin drilled a low right-foot shot past Jones from a tight angle.
Three minutes later, Holt doubled the Canaries' lead with a cracking finish, controlling Drury's cross on his chest before volleying into the roof of the net.
A third goal in the space of six minutes had the home crowd ecstatic as Spillane cut inside on to his left foot and beat Jones with a superb swerving effort.
City made further changes as Russell and Holt made way for Hughes, then Cureton, who was denied once in stoppage time by Jones but made it 4-0 a minute later with a cool finish for his first goal of the season.
Norwich City - Rudd; Spillane, Doherty, Askou, Drury; McVeigh (Martin, 66 min), Korey Smith, Russell (Hughes, 82 min), Lappin; Hoolahan, Holt (Cureton, 85 min). Subs (not used): Theoklitos, Adeyemi, Daley, McDonald.
Leyton Orient - Jones; Cave-Brown, Chorley, Mkandawire, Daniels; Melligan, Summerfield, Jimmy Smith, Townsend (Demetriou, 64 min); Scowcroft (McGleish, 64 min), Jarvis. Subs (not used): Morris, Ashworth, Pires, Baker, Patulea.
Referee - Karl Evans.
Attendance - 23, 981.
Goal - City: Martin (75 min), Holt (78 min), Spillane (81 min) Cureton (90 min).
Bookings - Orient: Jimmy Smith (21 min), Scowcroft (50 min).
Red card - Orient: Melligan (52 min).