December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Russell Martin believes Norwich City’s recent setbacks have shown their new arrivals it won’t be an easy ride this season – and that in turn will lead them on to success.
The City club captain has been on hand so far this season to help the Canaries’ summer recruits bed in to Chris Hughton’s set-up.
And while successive Premier League defeats were tough to take for many with a Canaries inclination, Martin admitted a poor second half to last season has been hard to forget for some outside the City camp.
However, the Scotland defender is confident things are turning around – with thanks to the help of a little bit of time.
“It’s maybe last season plus it’s a lot of new players that have come in and it takes time,” said Martin. “People can talk about it all they want and say ‘well they’re good players, they should fit into this and fit into that’, but it’s buying into a whole new team and a different manager’s thinking.
“We’ve got a lot of new players who have come in and I think the gaffer has jiggled round the players a bit as well, so he’s trying to find his best formula at the minute. We have really dug in and showed a lot of character, as we did at Watford, and that takes you a long way – and eventually the ability will come to the fore.
“Sometimes you need a setback to refocus everyone and say ‘right, it’s not as easy as people think’ and the new lads appreciate how tough it is now. The new lads who have come in have had a good few games to settle now and they appreciate how tough it is and hopefully this will kick us on for good things.”
City’s trips to Watford and Stoke last week brought their first goals and wins – due reward for the Canaries faithful who continued to travel in much more hope than expectation since the summer.
“With Sunday’s game on the telly you could forgive some of them for not coming up to Stoke the way the games have been here the last two years, but they are unbelievable the fans that come home and away,” added Martin.
“The away support we get considering the journey that it seems to be from Norwich, it’s massive for us. I said I had a good feeling about Sunday and everyone was at it, the crowd was right behind us and it was a great day.”