Campbell on song in Sunderland win
Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell once again answered Martin O'Neill's call for fresh firepower to set Norwich on the road to a 3-0 defeat.
The 24-year-old, who scored on his return from long-term injury at the weekend, did so again with a stunning 21st-minute volley as the Canaries wilted on Wearside.
Stephane Sessegnon made it 2-0 within seven minutes and the scoring was complete when Phil Bardsley's 54th-minute cross ended up in the back of the net courtesy of deflections off defender Daniel Ayala and keeper John Ruddy.
Campbell, who ended his 17th-month fitness nightmare with a vital equaliser in his side's FA Cup fourth-round draw with Middlesbrough, had already served warning of his intent, having forced Bradley Johnson to block a first-minute effort and then called upon Ruddy for the first time with a close-range header four minutes later.
But the visitors did not heed the warnings and fell behind with 21 minutes gone, in spectacular style. Winger James McClean lifted the ball over full-back Russell Martin as he cut inside and although the defender managed to nudge it away from him, Campbell controlled before smashing a dipping volley over Ruddy and into the back of the net.
But there was better to come just seven minutes later as Sunderland cut a swathe through the green shirts. Michael Turner's defensive header dropped to Sessegnon inside his own half, and he earned himself a cheer from the home fans when he cheekily pushed the ball through the hapless Johnson's legs.
Not content with that, the Benin international slid a pass out to Campbell on the right and then continued his run into the box to meet the striker's cross with a downward header which Ruddy was powerless to keep out.
Ruddy had to pull off a fine 50th-minute save to keep out Craig Gardner's first-time shot with Sebastian Larsson the provider, and it seemed only a matter of time before the home side struck again.
The third goal duly arrived within four minutes when full-back Bardsley burst into the box and drilled in a low cross which Ayala could only turn on to his keeper and into his own net.
Campbell came agonisingly close to making it 4-0 when he only just failed to connect with Larsson's 59th-minute cross.