A Josip Drmic hat-trick helped Norwich City on their way to an impressive 5-1 victory over Sky Bet Championship side Luton Town on Saturday afternoon.
City ran riot in the first-half and led 4-1 at the break. Three goals came inside the first 15 minutes, courtesy of Marco Stiepermann and Drmic (2). Luton responded through Dan Potts on 34 minutes but City quickly fired back when Drmic completed his hat-trick.
A sensational Patrick Roberts strike in the second-half made it five as City eased to victory.
Stiepermann got the ball rolling inside four minutes. Roberts’ in-swinging corner was met by McLean and with his header going wide, Stiepermann was on hand to tap home at the back post.
It was two shortly after. Max Aarons played a one-two with Todd Cantwell on the right before cutting back to Drmic who steered the ball home from close range.
City continued their dominance and deservedly made it three on 14 minutes. Roberts picked out Cantwell breaching the Luton defensive line with a pinpoint lofted pass and although his strike was saved well by Simon Sluga, Drmic was on hand to fire home for his second of the game.
Luton managed to find some respite midway through the first 45 but continued to look vulnerable every time City adventured into their half. On 28 minutes, Jamal Lewis was allowed too much time on the left to cut inside but his low strike was smothered by Sluga.
Luton got a goal back shortly after Ryan Tunnicliffe’s low cross just evaded Elliott Lee in the six-yard area. A free-kick wasn’t dealt with by City and Potts tapped home the loose ball to reduce the arrears on 34 minutes.
However, City’s three-goal cushion was restored within minutes. Roberts whipped the corner in again and it was met by a leaping Drmic. He guided the ball superbly into the far corner beyond the reach of Sluga.
City began the second-half on the frontfoot but it was Luton who went closest to scoring in the early stages when Ryan Tunnicliffe took aim and just missed the top corner from range.
At the other end, Roberts showed his Luton counterpart how to do it moments later. He picked the ball up, 25 yards from goal, and fizzed an unstoppable effort into the far corner.
City were relatively comfortable in the second-half and had chances to make the scoreline more handsome, with substitute Sam Byram firing over on 65 minutes after a lay-off from Roberts.
Late on, Onel Hernandez, another second-half sub, rounded the goalkeeper but couldn't get his effort on target.
Luton: Sluga, Cranie, Potts, Tunnicliffe, Bradley, Pearson, McManaman (Cornick, 75), Collins, Lee (Moncur, 59), Shinnie (Berry, 59), Mpanzu
Subs not used: Jones, Galloway, Neufville, Shea
Goals: Potts (34)
Bookings: Collins (77)
Norwich: Krul; Aarons (Byram, 59), Hanley (c) (Godfrey, 80), Klose, Lewis (Heise, 59); Trybull (Leitner, 73), McLean; Roberts (Idah, 73), Stiepermann (Srbeny, 59), Cantwell (Hernandez, 73); Drmic
Subs not used: Fährmann
Goals: Stiepermann (4), Drmic (6, 14, 36), Roberts (56)
Referee: Keith Stroud
Kick-off time: 3pm
Venue: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 4218 (642 away fans)