Canaries get taste of glory

Chris Martin scored and had a hand in a second as Luton Town beat Scunthorpe United 3-2 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley after extra-time yesterday.

Chris Martin scored and had a hand in a second as Luton Town beat Scunthorpe United 3-2 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley after extra-time yesterday.

The 20-year-old striker - on a season long loan at Kenilworth Road - equalised for the Hatters to make it 1-1 in the first half.

And it was Martin's cross that was only cleared as far as Tom Craddock on the edge of the area who then squeezed home a pinpoint shot inside the right-hand post to make it 2-1.

The Iron's Grant McCann conjured up a stunning equaliser three minutes from the end to take matters into extra time.


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But in the 95th minute Luton's Claude Gnakpa raced on to Keith Keane's long ball and lobbed Scunthorpe goalkeeper Joe Murphy to secure a memorable win for the beleaguered Bedfordshire club.

City boss Bryan Gunn was at Wembley to watch Martin, who has one year left on his Carrow Road contract and will report for pre-season training at Colney. Gunn also saw Michael Spillane - whose contract runs out in the summer with Norwich - and former Canary Rossi Jarvis both play valuable roles in the victory for Mick Harford's men.

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Spillane, who is in negotiations with the Canaries over extending his Carrow Road contract, said: "Winning any final is unbelievable. It was a typical final. We might be a division below, but in a final that doesn't matter.”

The Irish U21 international was also full of praise for the Hatters' defensive effort that withstood plenty of pressure from the League One outfit. He added: "We defended well. With the first goal maybe we could've done better, but we both had chances and we took more than them."

The Hatters were forced to come from a goal down, and Spillane highlighted the side's character, saying: "A lot of clubs might have folded when they scored, but we've got a good team spirit and the boys showed what they could do."

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