Norwich maintained their magnificent home form to move clear of their inactive rivals in the League One promotion race with a 3-1 win over Exeter.

The Canaries made it nine straight victories at Carrow Road - just one short of the all-time record - as they saw off the plucky challenge of the relegation battlers.

Grant Holt led the way with two goals to take his tally for the season up to an impressive 22 while strike partner Chris Martin also got in on the act, with veteran Exeter striker Marcus Stewart scoring what proved to be a consolation for the visitors.

Holt set the ball rolling after just eight minutes when he out-jumped Richard Duffy at the back post to head home Wes Hoolahan's looping cross.

Exeter made a game of it after that, with Steve Tully having an effort cleared off the line just before the break, but an in form Norwich side always looked likely to take the points.

They finally got the all important second goal on 77 minutes when Martin stabbed home his 14th goal of the season from close range after Holt had speared a Simon Lappin cross into his path.

Exeter briefly threatened a comeback when Stewart coolly converted after Fraser Forster had failed to hold a shot from fellow substitute Liam Sercombe.

But Norwich swiftly established their two goal advantage as Holt sprang the offside trap before coolly beating keeper Paul Jones to take the Canaries to within six points of leaders Leeds.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Topics:
Norwich City
Chris Martin
Chris Martin
Exeter
Simon Lappin
Fraser Forster
Football
League One
Marcus Stewart
Wes Hoolahan
Richard Duffy
Steve Tully
Grant Holt
Paul Jones
Leeds United
Liam Sercombe