Match ends, Norwich City 3, Nottingham Forest 1.
Norwich City stormed to an impressive three points against Nottingham Forest which kept alive their Championship automatic promotion hopes.
The hosts were ahead on the stroke of half time when Wes Hoolahan found Jonny Howson, who fired past Karl Darlow.
Cameron Jerome doubled the Canaries' lead when he found space to backheel Martin Olsson's delivery into the net.
Hoolahan made it 3-0 from the spot after Olsson was felled by Chris Burke, who found Forest's consolation.
The result saw the Canaries bounce back after two points from their last two matches, whilst Forest lost their first in four.
Forest missed an opportunity to take an early lead when Eric Lichaj broke into the Norwich box but Russell Martin cleared the danger.
|The Canaries' recent record against Forest|
|Norwich have won only one of the last four meetings between the two sides, when they won 2-1 at Carrow Road in the Championship in April 2011.|
The Canaries could have broken the deadlock through Bradley Johnson, but he nodded Howson's cross well wide.
Jerome found space at the back post to latch onto Howson's delivery but he poked the ball over the crossbar.
Forest's best chance in a lively first half came when substitute Burke threaded a pass to Michail Antonio, who was denied by John Ruddy.
Darlow kept the scores level after he pulled off an excellent save to deny Howson's powerful long-range drive.
But Howson was rewarded minutes later when he linked up with Hoolahan to fire home on his 100th City appearance.
Jerome then showed why he is Norwich's leading scorer after the break when he cheekily backheeled Olsson's cross past Darlow.
It was a tough afternoon for Forest who seemed overwhelmed by Norwich's dominant attacking intent.
The hosts got a third after Olsson was cynically felled by Burke and Hoolahan sent Darlow the wrong way from the spot.
Jerome saw his impressive effort disallowed for offside after some smart link-up play with Steven Whittaker.
Burke redeemed himself when he tapped home from close range after Ruddy parried Gary Gardner's shot.
Nottingham Forest now lie nine points off the Championship play-off places with seven games left to play this season.
Norwich City manager Alex Neil:
"That's certainly up there with the best performances since I have been here.
"We were up against probably the form side in the Championship, who had only lost one out of 10 before today, so I believe, and the way we dominated the match was extremely pleasing.
"I thought our movement and quality on the ball were top class and we could have a lot more than three goals with the chances we created and the crosses we got into their box."
Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:
"There's no way we are going to stop fighting for a top-six finish, even though it will be tough. As manager of Nottingham Forest I would expect nothing less from the players.
"We will continue to show spirit and commitment for the rest of the season and battle hard for every point and we'll be going all out to win our next two games against Wolves and Brentford.
"If we can take six points from those, who knows what might happen?"
- 23OlssonBooked at 17mins
- 14HoolahanSubstituted forRedmondat 80'minutes
- 4JohnsonSubstituted forO'Neilat 80'minutes
- 4MancienneBooked at 66mins
- 19BarrowSubstituted forPatersonat 53'minutes
- 38OsbornSubstituted forWalkerat 83'minutes
- 23BlackstockSubstituted forBurkeat 18'minutes
- James Linington
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Nottingham Forest 1.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).
Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Martin Olsson.
Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).
Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Ben Osborn.
Substitution, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil replaces Bradley Johnson.
Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Wes Hoolahan.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by John Ruddy.
Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Burke with a through ball.