Capital One Cup: Kyle Lafferty on song as Norwich cruise past West Brom
The smile was back on Kyle Lafferty's face last night as the Northern Ireland striker secured some badly needed game time for Norwich City and responded by finding the net.
City progressed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a convincing 3-0 win against West Brom who didn't feature Lafferty's international team-mates Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt.
Thoroughly outplaying their Barclays Premier League rivals, second-half goals from Matt Jarvis, Lafferty and Sebastian Pocognoli's own goal sealed a deserved victory.
Lafferty is suspended for the Euro 2016 showdown against Greece next month but will return for the final game against Finland.
The Kesh man's future at the Canaries remains in doubt despite his goalscoring contribution in the Capital One Cup.
Meanwhile, Jay Rodriguez, Sadio Mane and Shane Long scored two goals apiece as Southampton coasted into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 6-0 victory at MK Dons.
Rodriguez's goals were his first domestically in almost 18 months, having only recently returned from a lengthy lay-off with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
He netted for the first time since his comeback against Danish outfit Midtjylland in the Europa League last month but his efforts were his first strikes in English competition since a Premier League double against Newcastle on March 29, 2014.
The 26-year-old's brace, his second from the penalty spot, came either side of Mane's double while Long grabbed his two later in the second half - making it the heaviest defeat in MK Dons' short history.
Dwight Gayle gave Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew a nudge as his hat-trick shot down Charlton 4-1 in the Capital One Cup.
The striker has yet to start a Premier League game this season but put himself in the frame to face Watford on Sunday with a second-half treble.
Gayle crashed in two penalties, both given away by Alou Diarra - who was sent off - after Fraizer Campbell opened the scoring as the Eagles sank their south London rivals.
Barcelona's perfect start to the 2015-16 Primera Division season came to an end in emphatic fashion on Wednesday as they crashed to a shock 4-1 defeat at Celta Vigo.