Russell Martin admits Norwich City’s squad must prove their Premier League fighting spirit to the Canaries’ fans

Norwich City are one of three Premier League relegation rivals to have reportedly sought legal advice to challenge Sunderland's punishment for fielding an ineligible player earlier this season. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City are one of three Premier League relegation rivals to have reportedly sought legal advice to challenge Sunderland's punishment for fielding an ineligible player earlier this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, April 3, 2014
4:59 PM

Norwich City club captain Russell Martin feels Chris Hughton’s squad have some making up to do with the fans.

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City’s players opted to refund the admission cost for the 899 fans in attendance at last week’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea - a sixth consecutive loss on the road.

Martin insists Norwich’s players realise how much the football club means to the Norfolk public but they are desperate to put things right and boost their survival hopes ahead of Saturday’s Carrow Road clash against West Brom.

“Everyone who plays for the team lives in this city, it is not like at other clubs where you can travel and may be withdrawn from it,” he said. “You live it everyday, even walking to the shops, the lads bump into fans and people express their opinion, sometimes you might not agree with it, but that is what makes football great. You just don’t get that in many places, and we want to keep it like that. We just want to emphasis how good the fans have been for us, they have backed us home and away in what has been an up-and-down season.”

Martin knows beating the Baggies this weekend will top any financial gesture.

“The way we can repay their faith and support is by winning games to stay in this league,” he said. “Hopefully by the end of the season that gesture will be irrelevant because we will be where we want to be. Hopefully, we can move on now and everyone gets behind us to make sure we get three points against West Brom.

“It was just something brought up in conversation between the players. It has been done at other clubs before but it has come from us. We had a discussion on Monday and we were a bit embarrassed with the (Swansea) performance. It has happened too often now. It was a gesture, nothing cynical or under-hand. We need the fans for the next six games and hopefully people see it for what it is.

“It is a genuine gesture, not an apology, per se. We knew it wasn’t good enough and we’ll need them at Fulham and (Manchester) United. Once we had spoken as players I had to go and speak with the gaffer and he had to clear it with the board and the chief executive but felt it would be a good gesture. We were pleased they said okay. We can move on and get behind us. We can’t go and do it for every away performance but there has been too many of them.”

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20 comments

  • I'd ban them from talking. If we do go down they will all be off anyway, so their pretence of caring doesn't wash. Only Martin, Bunn, Rudd, Turner, Whittaker, Becchio, Murphy, Fox and the two Bennetts will remain.

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    Colin

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Just give 100% that all most fans have ever asked for.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • .... or Becchio, Wivenhoe? Becchio for Player of the Season. Wessi runner-up, Elliott Bennett 3rd. You can`t deny that the Karra Kremlin`s PR Apparatchiks always put in a good shift.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Conceded 1 at home since Christmas I think. Problem isn't with Home form, our away form is in tatters and I think confidence is the key to that. I think the beatings from the big-boys have shattered our psychology away. I would get a sports psychologist in to try and heal it, it's not something the hair dryer treatment can solve old timers, as much as you may think you can shout and scream your way out of everything.

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    Steady On

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Fantastic PR. Fans unhappy. One thing were moaning about is players coming out with typical positive PR so Russell Martin is forced out to play up to the fantastic fans. Has Carrow Road relocated to Westminster with all this positive spin going on. Fair play to Russell top chap but I'd personally prefer the players football to do the talking.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Good to see the club's PR machine is still working hard. In fact, if the actual football team put in as much effort as the media team, we might get a few good results. One of Hughton's weaknesses is he is not a risk taker. He always seems to be waiting for tomorrow. As much as Bassong might be one of his favourites, he has to be left out and an immediate recall given to Yobo and Turner. If you really want to win this 'last chance' game, Hughton, keep quiet about how wonderful you think the opposition is and let some positive action do the talking for you.

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    Mel Lacey

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Oh shut up Russell. Start with a major word with the liability that is bassong. Worst captain for as long as I can remember. Helen Keller had more of a voice than that fool has ever shown on a football field!

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    Chris69

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Maybe you should clear it with the manager if it's ok for the midfield & defence to cross the half way line sometimes.

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    alan

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Oh shut up Russell. Start with a major word with the liability that is bassong. Worst captain for as long as I can remember. Helen Keller had more of a voice than that fool has ever shown on a football field!

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    Chris69

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • I have to be honest and say I think West Brom will sneak this game. They're dressing room problems might have just brought them together. We look to be at sixes and sevens arguing with each other on the pitch. I believe CH has now lost control of the dressing room. Not surprising if he and the players already know he's gone at the end of the season. After all why give a hoots and listen to him if he won't be your boss next season. I have a gut feeling Sunderland will beat Spurs. Given Palace are playing Cardiff and have a game in hand we really have to win this one. Not to mention W Brom have a game in hand on us. We need to win the next two games if we're to stay up

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • another of the usual suspects, rolled out to give the press a story, we never get comments from Wes Hoolahan or

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Yes less jaw-jaw more war-war please!

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    Herr Fleck

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Talk, talk, talk. I wish our players would shut up and start doing it on the pitch. It's like every away game. Beforehand someone is in the paper saying we've learnt our lessons, and then when the game comes round we're 2-0 down by half-time! Shut up, Norwich team.

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    Colin

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Fighting spirit? Are you having a laugh? Norwich City have been so submissive under Chris Hughton I wouldn't be surprised if they have a safeword.

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    Mr. Elsie Deepthroat

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Half them won't be there next season, when the new Manger takes over

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    Blocked User

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I concur with S\O, `shouting and screaming` is of little value. Though it is not an age-dependant phenomenon, IMHO. I`m sure S\O will fund the sports psychologist out of pure philanthropy. Apparently, there are some superb sports psychologists available in Slovenia - which is really almost a part of Russia, as S\O is well aware. I`m so grateful he told us all. Any chance of a download of your Atlas, S\O?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Oh shut up Russell. Start with a major word with the liability that is bassong. Worst captain for as long as I can remember. Helen Keller had more of a voice than that fool has ever shown on a football field!

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    Chris69

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Why has it taken this long to realise we need some fighting spirit? Bit to late. But hopefully get 3 points Saturday, put you're heads round west broms dressing room door and you'll see some fighting in their.

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    alan

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Oh shut up Russell. Start with a major word with the liability that is bassong. Worst captain for as long as I can remember. Helen Keller had more of a voice than that fool has ever shown on a football field!

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    Chris69

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • !00%. Effort. Blah Blah. We have no chance tomorrow,we all know West Brom will outfight us.

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    SKSCITY

    Friday, April 4, 2014

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