Norwich City went seven points clear at the top of League One with a comfortable 3-0 win over Yeovil Town this afternoon.
A second minute goal from Wes Hoolahan was followed in the second half by goals from Grant Holt and Chris Martin to wrap up the game and make it sixty goals for the season from the striking Norwich trio.
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton made just one change from the team that battled to a single goal victory over Milton Keynes Dons last weekend.
Ryan Mason came in for Dean Bowditch who was still suffering from his hamstring injury and the Glovers boss could only name six substitutes for the big clash and was forced to play Sam Williams, not fully recovered from illness.
His team talk would undoubtedly have stressed the importance of keeping it tight early on but all that went out of the window inside two minutes. An Anthony McNamee corner was headed against the post by top scorer Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan tapped into an empty net.
The Canaries pushed forward in the early stages looking for a second goal as the Glovers struggled to grab a foothold in the game.
A rare sortie forward from Yeovil forced a corner from which Craig Alcock had a half chance to equalise and Shaun MacDonald saw his volley blocked.
Town keeper Alex McCarthy saved a low, curling effort from Holt and Chris Martin had a free kick blocked as again the Glovers held on grimly to avoid conceding the second goal.
The second half of the first period was dull at times with plenty of sparring in midfield punctuated by the odd chance, mainly for the hosts. Holt headed over from McNamee's corner in an identical effort to the goal and McCarthy saved well from McNamee's dipping shot.
Right on half time Holt missed a glorious chance to make it two when he held off three men, rounded McCarthy but hit his shot into the side netting.
Half time saw the withdrawal of Yeovil's two wide men, Ryan Mason and Arron Davies, who were replaced by Aidan Downes and Andy Welsh.
For the Irishman Downes, it was his first appearance since the final game of last season and welcome time on the pitch for a player who has had less than an hour's match time in the last year.
The changes improved the Glovers somewhat and they looked sharper albeit still looking vulnerable in patches. McCarthy had to be smart to catch Hoolahan's effort and he produced a brilliant save to deny Simon Lappin's goalbound effort.
With twenty minutes to go, Norwich scored a second when McCarthy punched a cross straight to Holt whose shot deflected off Craig Alcock and into the net. Holt claimed it for his 26th goal of a productive season.
Former Glover Michael Rose had a shot that went well wide shortly after as the Canaries went for the kill and the third goal came when Martin's fierce shot was saved well by McCarthy only for the ball to spin up and go in off the big keeper's body.
With the game safe, home manager Paul Lambert made a double change that showed the gulf between the teams. Goalscorers Holt and Martin were taken off and replaced by Oli Johnson and new signing Steven Elliott.
Jean-Paul Kalala received a yellow card with ten minutes left and both managers made their final changes. Keiran Murtagh came on for Gavin Tomlin while Matthew Gill replaced the dangerous Hoolahan.