City Youngster On The Mark

By: Steve Sutcliffe |
01/10/09 |
Chris Martin

Two home grown players helped Norwich City’s renaissance continue on Tuesday night as City produced a 4-0 win over Leyton Orient.

Chris Martin and Michael Spillane were both on the score-sheet at Carrow Road as The Canaries continued their impressive run of form under new boss Paul Lambert.

It was substitute Martin who set Norwich on the road to victory, as he climbed off the bench to score the opener just nine minutes after coming on.

His goal galvanised Norwich to a three goal salvo in just six minutes which killed off 10-man Leyton Orient who put up a solid rearguard action after the dismissal of JJ Melligan for a tackle on Adam Drury.

Grant Holt added a second in spectacular fashion before Michael Spillane registered his first ever goal for the club. Jamie Cureton added the gloss to the victory with a fourth deep into injury time.

However it was Martin’s goal that proved to be the catalyst for Norwich’s win and speaking after the game Lambert hailed the youngster’s contribution:

“Chris’s goal was a huge goal for us – it was a terrific finish from him.”

Meanwhile Canaries defender Michael Spillane said he was delighted to have scored his first goal for the club in Tuesday’s win.

Spillane, who made his debut as an Apprentice, said: “We’ve done a lot of shooting in training recently so I’ll put it down to that.

“The way we played, it always looked like we were going to score and in the end our quality really did shine through.”

“I’m just glad to get my first goal for Norwich – I’ve had a few cleared off the line, so I’m glad it went in.”

“When I play right-back I enjoy getting forward and getting on the ball – I like to play good football.”