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Monday, January 18, 2010

Big Match Review - Colchester 0 Norwich 5

League One
Colchester United 0-5 Norwich City
Saturday January 16, Weston Homes Community Stadium, (Att: 10,064)

Norwich exacted revenge for their heavy opening day defeat to Colchester to move within three points of leaders Leeds at the top of League One.

The Canaries, beaten 7-1 on the opening day by the Essex club, produced a ruthless display in front of goal to give former United manager Paul Lambert a winning return to his old club.

It took City just past the quarter of an hour mark to take the lead, Chris Martin's left footed strike from just outside the box finding its way past Ben Williams in the Colchester goal.

And it was the same player who doubled their advantage in first half stoppage time. Grant Holt's intelligent through ball caught out the United defence and Martin ran on to slip the ball home.

Not long into the second half and it was effectively game over as the U's failed to deal with Wes Hoolahan's free kick allowing Gary Doherty to crash home a third for Norwich.

Oli Johnson rubbed further salt into the wound for their East Anglian rivals as he scored on his debut following his move from Stockport. The young forward seizing on more poor defending from Colchester to beat the exposed Williams.

And it was left to City's top scorer, Grant Holt, to complete the rout, rounding Williams at the death to notch the visitors' fifth.

However, there was still more misery to come for United, former Canaries forward Ian Henderson being sent off in stoppage time for a reckless lunge on Johnson.

A crushing defeat for Aidy Boothroyd's side who slipped to just for their second home defeat of the season. For Norwich, a score settled, a tilt at the title is now their goal.

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