Graphic: City defender Russell Martin says current squad better than one from 2010/11 promotion season - but do you agree?

Russell Martin skippers Norwich City as they get their Championship win account up and running against Watford at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Russell Martin skippers Norwich City as they get their Championship win account up and running against Watford at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
3:58 PM

The memories are already flooding back for Russell Martin.

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The Canaries captain was a key cog in City’s promotion push to the Premier League at the first attempt back in 2011 – and now he’s aiming to repeat the feat as City bid for a successful first attempt at their Premier League return.

So while his vow on City’s squad quality is understandable given where each group originated, the sentiment itself underlines Martin’s determination to see top-flight football return to Carrow Road sooner rather than later.

“Not much has changed to be honest,” said Martin. “Most teams in the Championship have been in the Premier League, so you’re going to great stadiums, great atmospheres. It’s fast and furious, and it’s up to us to control that and dictate the tempo.

“Last time, we got to grips with it about five or six games in – and really started doing those things. And we did that against Watford too, albeit against 10 men. But the more we do that, especially at Carrow Road, the better we will be.

Who would win? Norwich now or Norwich of the last Championship season graphicWho would win? Norwich now or Norwich of the last Championship season graphic

“And 
we have to be patient at times. That was the problem in the first 10 minutes of the second half on Saturday – we wanted to score every time we got it. We need to be patient, we need to dictate – but that will come. We’ll keep working on it.

“We’ve got a great set of lads. I don’t know if more will come in, but with the group we’ve got now I see similarities from the last time we went up, and we’ve probably got a better squad now than we did then.

“So it’s all there for us. It’s up to us to make sure we stay on top of it. We set our standards on Saturday and let’s make sure we maintain that, and see where it takes us.”

Of course, the flippant answer to that is Carrow Road – and tonight’s visit from a Blackburn side that was sharing the Premier League with City three seasons ago. Their own start to the season has been promising, including a draw with Cardiff at Ewood Park. But for Norwich, being at home and presented with the chance to earn six points in the space of four days shouts just one thing: opportunity.

“That’s what it feels like really – and if we win the game then we will be right up there already,” added Martin.

“I know it’s still early and you can’t really tell anything until 10 or 12 games in. And even then, in the Championship you never really know.

“But it’s a good chance to build on this, and we’re talking about momentum now. That’s what we need to gain, and as quickly as possible. Once we do, I think we’ll be a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure.”

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18 comments

  • I think this team is better, but the standard of the league is also higher than it was 4 years ago.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • What NYC-Canary said!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • On paper, we have better individual players now than we did during 201011. However, my money would be on Paul Lambert finding a way for the 201011 team to beat the 201415 team in the event that the two teams met.

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    NYC-Canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • i mean lisp, el dingo

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    Dicky Van Donkeywinkel

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • thought you had a lithp

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    Dicky Van Donkeywinkel

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Pephaps you should change your name to "Never-SEE-the-Danger". Strength in depth? We have SIX players covering the FOUR defensive positions and they have four bookings already. We WILL have injuries and we WILL have suspensions and we DO have players whose form is not what it should be. If there is no defensive recruitment before 2nd September, sooner or later we will not have four proven defenders available for a match. Add to this, Martin is too short as a centre back and Turner is too slow, Whittaker runs around but would be ruthlessly exposed against a fast winger. Strength in depth? defensively there isn't even strength on the surface.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I am in total agreement with Steady, as always. Trouble is; I cannot forget that classic "Holt is going nowhere" statement. Then, nobody is perfect, not even Steady One.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Let's review that when the transfer window closes. Then the proof of the pudding is in the eating. For a start Russell is not the player now as he was then. Let's hope he is right

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    JB

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • el dingo

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • The lcd is the Board. Lambert stood up for himself. Over to you Neil. I truly with you well.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Better at present but depends how many more we sell before 31st Aug, then whether we re-invest from our sales or just sit on the money.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Useful to reflect upon 201011. We lost the first game of that season as well, with 11 men on the pitch. November came and saw four draws in a row. Had its moments where things looked like they might have been going awry, but in the end they brought it home with automatic promotion. Worth using that to keep a bit of perspective as this season unfolds.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Of course the old team would beat the current team. There was a Manager with huge ambition and motivation guiding the squad! Tactically astute and full of ideas. I wonder when we will see the likes of Lambert at Carrow Road again. I feel a long dark period of mediocrity awaits us as the Board grabs money and sells off assets and employs cheap Management labour. "Business is business" The Board have accepted that Championship football is the highest level that they can aspire to.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I think Russ's comments are reasonable and he played in both games so he should know. Just one thing to factor in, the knock-on effect of so many foreign players in the Prem has cascaded many excellent players down into the Champ. I'm not complaining but we have to be better to compete successfully, it's a tougher league now.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I agree Michigan , I hope Neil Adams can light the same sort of fire in the players that Lambert did , praying he can rather . Fingers crossed for tonight , a win would be excellent preparation for the trip to the banks of the Orwell next weekend .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • .......... shame we play on grass and not on paper .......... agree though we have strength in depth this year, but would like a crystal ball to see how the various strike forces will develop including Hooper in particular .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I agree with Russ on paper, a far stronger squad. The 2010 squad was a different animal though. It was a squad that had already done a lot together so was a very well knitted together unit and in Grant Holt we had one of Norwich's best ever strikers in probably his best season ever so its early really. If this group of players grows together in the same way the 2010 squad did then it will far exceed it. It's what I'm really hoping for, because the potential is there.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I think the 2010 2011 squad would win under Lambert, he had the ability to get more out of the wwhole than the sum of the individuals. I don't see the fire in the current squad that got us all the last minute goals back.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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