Norwich City hit new heights
PUBLISHED: 10:43 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 06 July 2010
Norwich City 4. Leyton Orient 0: Norwich City hit new heights last night as they leaped to eighth place in League One and finally began to make an impression at the business end of the table.
Norwich City 4 Leyton Orient 0
Norwich City hit new heights last night as they leaped to eighth place in League One and finally began to make an impression at the business end of the table.
The 4-0 thrashing of Leyton Orient was the biggest margin of victory under the management of Paul Lambert, who believes the tide is finally turn his way.
"I think each and every game that passes we are slowly but surely getting there," he said. "We're not going to play well every single time, but the performances against Charlton and Gillingham were different from what you saw there, because we had to stick at it.
"But the great thing is the lads are giving me everything they have got and that is all I can ask for.
"We have done great. You wish people would actually realise the club was battered and bruised from relegation and then getting hit by Colchester, losing its manager and the turnaround of a lot of players.
"It is never easy but I think you have to give credit where it is due. It's the players that have done it, they have been absolutely brilliant."
City had been met with the brick wall in the shape of Orient keeper Jamie Jones and had to wait until the 75th minute to break through - and that after JJ Melligan had been sent off early in the second half for a crude challenge on left back Adam Drury.
On a night when the life of Canaries legend Terry Bly was celebrated, it was perhaps fitting that City should get back among the goals - and that a new hero, Grant Holt, should be among the scorers.
Chris Martin set the ball rolling before Holt, Michael Spillane and Jamie Cureton completed the rout.
"I thought after the first 10 minutes we were excellent," said Lambert.
"We started not the way you want but after that we were excellent in attacking play and the football we played was terrific."
I have great belief they are going to create something. With the lads we have got you just think somebody is going to create something.
"Chrissy's first goal was terrific - one thing with Chrissy Martin, he can finish. I've seen that in training loads of time. You tend to forget he's only a young lad. His goal was a big, big goal, a big moment in the game and a big, big finish.
"Grant's goal was brilliant. Mickey Spillane - I don't know where he's got that one from, and I'm delighted for Jamie, coming off the bench - being an experienced pro it is never easy, but a terrific finish.
"Hoolahan was unplayable tonight, definitely unplayable, but Wes has got that in is make-up."
Lambert brought Gary Doherty in from the cold - and the centre-half walked off with the sponsors' man of the match award, leaving Lambert to admit that perhaps the Irishman's Carrow Road career isn't quite over.
"It was a big game for him," said Lambert. "I spoke to him yesterday and to be fair he came through it. He did great.
"When a club is in a demise for four or five years you don't need to be Einstein to sit here and think that there has been something wrong. As a manager you have to make decisions and the decision was we had to try and change it and to be fair the lads that came in - Michael Nelson and Jens (Berthel Askou) and Spillane at the back at certain times - have done great.
"You earn the right to be round and about the place. Whether Doc's situation changes you have to wait and see.
"He has given me a problem, of course. Everybody does when they play well - they give the manager a problem and the manager has to pick a team to win games."