A bunch of fives

CHRIS LAKEY Norwich City's midweek mayhem saw one of the fastest five-goal hauls in the club's history. The Canaries were 5-0 ahead after just 31 minutes of Tuesday's Carling Cup tie against Barnet - with the goal glut started by Jamie Cureton, who found the target after just 121 seconds of his return in the yellow and green.

CHRIS LAKEY

Norwich City's midweek mayhem saw one of the fastest five-goal hauls in the club's history.

The Canaries were 5-0 ahead after just 31 minutes of Tuesday's Carling Cup tie against Barnet - with the goal glut started by Jamie Cureton, who found the target after just 121 seconds of his return in the yellow and green.

It was the club's first 45-minute bunch of fives for more than 18 years.

The Canaries have racked up a few fives, but not since the famous 8-0 FA Cup fourth round slaughter of non-league Sutton United in January, 1989, have they done it in one half.

League Two Barnet were on the receiving end at Carrow Road on Tuesday as City threatened to run riot, although their performance peaked after the fifth and they allowed Barnet to get back into the game and scored two goals to make the scoreline more respectable.

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Apart from the final score, the other difference was the timing: City actually came out of the blocks quicker this week, with all their goals coming in the opening half, while Sutton were trailing by three at half-time, before the Canaries turned it on after the break for their biggest ever FA Cup victory.

Trevor Putney opened the scoring against Sutton on 13 minutes, Martin Allen doubling the score two minutes later before Robert Fleck made it three nine minutes before the interval. Allen added three more in the second half, with Fleck chipping in another two.

The final five goals came during a 38-minute period - which was still not as sharp as Tuesday, when they came in a 31-minute blast courtesy of Jamie Cureton (two), Simon Lappin, Mark Fotheringham and Darel Russell.

Cureton's goal in his first senior game since returning to Carrow Road was quick - but not as quick as the record, held by Keith O'Neill who scored 10 seconds into the game against Stoke in April 1997.

The midweek haul was the 11th time since Sutton that City had hit opponents for five or more in the space of 90 minutes.

The first post-Sutton rout was a 5-0 defeat of Brighton in the Zenith Data Systems Cup in November of the same year, but arguably the most famous was the 5-1 win at Goodison Park in September, 1993, when Efan Ekoku scored four.

The League Cup has produced the biggest win in the past 18 years, a 6-1 home defeat of Torquay in the second round in 1995, when Ade Akinbiyi and Mike Sheron got a brace each.

Iwan Roberts was involved in a few others, grabbing two as City beat Huddersfield 5-0 in a league game in April 1998 and another one when they repeated the scoreline against Swindon just a fortnight later. Another brace came the Welshman's way in October, 200, when City won 5-0 at Blackpool in the second leg of their second round tie to wrap up an 8-3 aggregate victory in one of Bryan Hamilton's last games as manager.

Under Nigel Worthington City hit five four times, the first 5-0 at his former club Sheffield Wednesday.

The Championship-winning season yielded two in quick succession, a 5-3 win at Burnley in April 2004 and a 5-0 home thrashing of Walsall.

Pickings have been lean since then, but Worthington's final victory before being sacked was a 5-1 home win over Barnsley last August.

Grant now has one five-goal haul to his name - but has a long way to go before he gets anywhere near City's biggest win, which was 10-2 against Coventry City in the old Division Three South in March, 1930.

Can you recall Norwich City scoring five goals faster than on Tuesday night? If so, email us at norfolksport@archant.co.uk