MK DONS handed out a humiliating lesson to dump Premier League Norwich City out of the Carling Cup in their own back yard.
Two goals from former Norwich midfielder Luke Chadwick were sandwiched by Sam Baldock’s sixth of the season, and Daniel Powell completed the extraordinary 4-0 rout, prompting some home fans to leave Carrow Road with 23 minutes remaining.
Even though Norwich boss Paul Lambert made 11 changes to the side that hosted Stoke in their last top flight outing, it was still a strong side which lined up to face Karl Robinson’s men, including former Dons striker Aaron Wilbraham making his first start of the season.
But while the Premier League new boys threatened David Martin’s goal, the keeper was hardly tested as the League 1 leaders looked good value for their victory.
Stephen Gleeson was involved in Dons’ two first half goals – first intercepting a loose pass in midfield to feed Chadwick to fire in from a tight angle after 21 minutes, and then brilliantly taking the ball off Adam Drury and laying off to Baldock to fire in seven minutes later.
Norwich began to turn the screw before the first half came to a close, but despite them winning a series of corners, Gary MacKenzie and Shaun Williams were well in control of any balls into Dons’ penalty area.
Martin’s fingertip save from Andrew Surman’s shot in the second period was his only real involvement in the game, but Dons weren’t happy to sit back and defend their lead, preferring to break and look to increase their advantage further.
And when Chadwick collected Dean Bowditch’s brilliant through ball to make it 3-0 with half an hour remaining, Dons were in dreamland.
And there was more to come as Powell pounced on a disastrous back pass from Surman to make it 4-0, completing the comprehensive rout and ensuring Dons’ safe passage into Saturday’s third round draw.