Spillane's pledge after first goal

David Cuffley Practice made perfect as defender Michael Spillane finally opened his Norwich City goalscoring account last night - and promised more to come. Spillane delivered a superb third goal in the Canaries' 4-0 League One victory against Leyton Orient at Carrow Road, cutting inside on to his left foot and scoring with a swerving effort.

David Cuffley

Practice made perfect as defender Michael Spillane finally opened his Norwich City goalscoring account last night - and promised more to come.

Spillane's move from centre-half to right-back against Leyton Orient gave him more attacking licence and after going close with a first-half header, he delivered a superb third goal in the Canaries' 4-0 League One victory at Carrow Road, cutting inside on to his left foot and scoring with a swerving effort.

"It's been a little while coming and it was a half-decent goal, so I'm pleased," said the 20-year-old. "I thought the defender would show me down the line, so I thought I'd try to take it inside and it just opened up so I just hit it and it flew in, so I'm buzzing. It was a brilliant feeling. I've had a few cleared off the line and things like that so I'm delighted to get off the mark. I'd like to think if I get a run in the team I'll get a few more chances and put them in."


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Spillane was slightly offended that his team-mates felt his goal was a surprise - he scored four for Luton during last season's loan spell and has been polishing up his finishing at Colney. "We've been doing shooting in training a lot recently, both feet, so I've been practising and it paid off tonight," he said. "I'm a bit disappointed that everyone's surprised. I don't think they should be, they should think it's just normal. I got a bit of banter for it but I'm happy it went in."

Spillane and Jamie Cureton became the 12th and 13th different players, respectively, to score for City this season and he insisted: "We've got goals all through the team and I'm sure more goals will come." Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones defied City for 75 minutes - even when the visitors were reduced to 10 men by the red card shown to JJ Melligan for a challenge on Adam Drury - until Chris Martin broke the deadlock with his third goal of the season. "It was getting a bit nerve-racking, we knew we had to win but we showed our quality in the end and got the goals - they just flooded in," said Spillane.

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Bristol Rovers visit City on Saturday, in third place after winning four of their five away games, including a 3-2 success at bottom club Southampton last night.

"They've looked a good team this year and they won't come here to sit back and hold out for the draw so it should be an entertaining game," said Spillane.

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