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Russell Martin admitted criticism of Norwich City after successive Premier League defeats was noted – now he hopes the successive wins that followed mean a few will share his belief in Chris Hughton’s new squad.
The City fans’ frustration was obvious after defeat to Aston Villa but wins at Watford and Stoke have turned the mood around. Dissenting TV voices from outside the camp particularly stuck with Martin, and City’s Britannia efforts were aimed at putting those people right.
“We got stick after the Spurs defeat and we got a lot last week (against Villa) as well on various TV shows and stuff, but we actually played OK last week and sometimes people don’t see that – so this was massive for us and we knew that,” said Martin.
“I don’t know about other lads but I tend to shut myself off from it – I don’t look on the internet at our stuff or read too many newspapers. If there’s one at the training ground floating about I’ll have a read. But as footballers these days you have to shut yourself off from it because it’s everywhere.
“We felt before Sunday a few people were getting on our backs a bit. Not inside the club and not the fans, but a few outside just trying to judge us and as they did last year, saying we were going to struggle. Looking around the squad we’ve got, I really don’t see that at all.
“But we need to be at Sunday’s level every week because we’re not Arsenal or Manchester United where you can perform half-hearted and maybe nick a victory. We know that now.”
City were able to use the negative noise – now Martin wants them to lap up the good feeling blossoming from two road victories.
“The feeling is the best it’s been this season and as we said in the dressing room, hopefully that’s the start of something now,” he added.
“That is the standard we’ve got to be at every single week and it almost does feel like a clean break, because we’ve played well at times this season and maybe not got the fortune or results we’ve deserved.
“But on Sunday we got exactly what we deserved, a clean sheet and a win, and if you keep that up over the next two games with Chelsea (at home) and (at) Arsenal, if we keep that level of performance up then we will come away with results.”
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