Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 5, Norwich City 1.
Sheffield Wednesday consolidated their place in the play-offs with a thumping win over Norwich.
Ross Wallace gave the Owls an early lead with a finish into an empty net from 40 yards after John Ruddy failed to get distance on a clearance.
Jordan Rhodes made it 2-0 with a header from Fernando Forestieri's cross before Cameron Jerome pulled one back only for Morgan Fox to make it 3-1 at the break.
Rhodes headed his second before Forestieri scored a fine free-kick.
The defeat stretched Norwich's winless run to four matches and left them nine points adrift of the play-off places.
The Owls went into the game on the back of two defeats, but took an early lead in unusual circumstances.
Midfielder Sam Hutchinson closed down Ruddy, who had left his area to clear the ball, and the keeper could only find Wallace, who controlled well before showing great technique to find the back of the net from long range.
Norwich gave themselves a lifeline when Jerome pounced after Steve Naismith's initial effort was saved, but Fox's header from Forestieri's near-post corner restored Wednesday's two-goal lead just three minutes later.
Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal had backed striker Rhodes to improve after a slow start to his Hillsborough career and the Scotland international proved the Portuguese right with two well executed headers as the hosts cruised to their biggest win of the season.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:
"My players did fantastic and they did exactly what they must do. It was probably the best performance of the season.
"When we are like this, playing good football, we can achieve more goals and a better performance.
"I had a very good expectation about the game. We played some very good football and put our opponents under pressure for long periods during the game."
Norwich City manger Alex Neil:
"I'm obviously disappointed and frustrated. I think we understood the gravity of the game but ultimately we didn't handle it.
"We gifted two goals to Sheffield Wednesday and then started to play a little bit. If you're going to gift two goals to a team like Sheffield Wednesday, you're going to struggle.
"The lads were disappointed with their performance and they know they should have done better. They know it was unacceptable."
- 33WallaceSubstituted forMcManamanat 77'minutes
- 23HutchinsonSubstituted forJonesat 34'minutes
- 41BannanSubstituted forSemedoat 74'minutes
- 15KloseBooked at 46mins
- 22MurphySubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
- 14HoolahanSubstituted forPritchardat 71'minutes
- 7NaismithBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMurphyat 71'minutes
- 10JeromeBooked at 90mins
- Andy Davies
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 5, Norwich City 1.
Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.
Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Russell Martin.
Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).
Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).
Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mitchell Dijks.
Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Winnall with a headed pass.
Hand ball by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).
Mitchell Dijks (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Callum McManaman (Sheffield Wednesday).
Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).
Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.