Photo Gallery: Gorleston 0, Norwich City 7

The Canaries kicked off their pre-season campaign with a seven-goal show against Ridgeons League club Gorleston at Emerald Park.

Manager Paul Lambert fielded three different pairs of strikers in 30-minute stints, but it was last season's forwards who got on the scoresheet with Grant Holt (2), Simeon Jackson and Aaron Wilbraham all on target.

Five of Lambert's summer signings appeared against the Greens, with midfielder Bradley Johnson the one to find the net in the second half.

City fielded different line-ups in each half and were 5-0 ahead at the interval, Gorleston stemming the tide in the second half.

Skipper Grant Holt gave City a sixth-minute lead from a quickly-taken free-kick by Chris Martin.


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Defender Zak Whitbread made it 2-0 in the 12th minute with a header from Wes Hoolahan's cross following a short corner.

Gorleston goalkeeper Elliot Pride denied Holt with a fine save but it was 3-0 after 27 minutes when Holt scored from the penalty spot after Chris Martin had been upended by Adam Thurtle.

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Korey Smith scored the fourth in the 33rd minute when he curled a right-foot shot through a crowd of players and beat the dive of Pride.

Two minutes before the break, Steve Morison nodded back Tom Adeyemi's cross for fellow substitute Simeon Jackson to glance home with his head to make it 5-0.

Pride denied Jackson a second just before the break.

Four minutes into the second half, Bradley Johnson drilled in the sixth for City from the edge of the penalty area.

Aaron Wilbraham, introduced on the hour with James Vaughan, was thwarted by a fine save from substitute 'keeper Jack Whatmough.

But Wilbraham made it 7-0 in the 75th minute when he tucked home a cross from Andrew Crofts.

Johnson went close to a second with a long-range effort seven minutes from time.

There was no sign of Simon Lappin or Cody McDonald in the City party, while winger Anthony Pilkington is not fit to play yet as he recovers from a broken leg.

• Gorleston: First half: Pride, Daniels, Hunn, Williams, Thurtle, Thompson, Sandford, Bowers, McKenna, Taylor, Hough.

Second half: Pride (Whatmough, 53), Grint (Ingram, 81), Kareche, Bell (Armes, 83), Howell, Cockrill, Morgan (Randell, 86), Woodgate (Garrod, 72), Forbes, King (Finch, 76), Harvey-Cooper (Pipe, 76).

• Norwich City: First half: Rudd, Francomb, De Laet, Whitbread, Tierney; Fox; Korey Smith, Adeyemi; Hoolahan; Holt (Morison, 30), Chris Martin (Jackson, 30).

Second half: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Barnett, Ward, Brindley (Dawkin, 71); Bennett, Crofts (Ball, 86), Johnson, Surman; Morison (Wilbraham, 61), Jackson (Vaughan, 61).

• Referee: Michael George.

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