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Action not words needed for Alex Neil after Russell Martin’s apology following Norwich City’s 5-4 Liverpool loss

06:45 25 January 2016

Jonny Howson consoles Norwich City captain Russell Martin after his mistake in the Canaries

Jonny Howson consoles Norwich City captain Russell Martin after his mistake in the Canaries' 5-4 Premier League defeat to Liverpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Talk is cheap for Alex Neil after revealing Russell Martin apologised to his Norwich City team mates for his back pass howler in a painful 5-4 Premier League defeat to Liverpool.

Neil insists it is time for action not words after Martin was swift to accept his mistake in the midst of second-half carnage at Carrow Road.

Gary O’Neil was similarly contrite following his red card at Stoke earlier this month, but that cuts little ice with a seething Neil.

“We’re past the stage of being disappointed and apologising for mistakes,” he said. “Just don’t make mistakes now and we’ll be fine.

That doesn’t just apply to Russell, it applies to the team. Russell will know that’s a really disappointing mistake from his point of view and he apologised to the players when he came in. Russell Martin can’t be used as a scapegoat for this defeat.

“We attack and we defend as a team. We turned a good performance into a shambles. When we concede five you deserve to lose the game. Simple as that. When we get to 3-1 up just see the game out. It is about being professional.

“After a result like that of course you have to look at making changes and to be fair a lot of them have come out of the team this season. Certainly after that, there’s no question there’ll be places up for grabs.”

Norwich appeared set for all three points against Jurgen Klopp’s side when Wes Hoolahan slotted a penalty to build on first-half goals from Dieumerci Mbokani and new boy Steven Naismith.

“The talk at half-time was now we are in control of the game, play clever and play smart,” said Neil. “There was no need for us to go gung-ho and then we go 3-1, even better, just play with our brains, and pretty much from the kick-off they get a goal and our decision-making thereafter is poor.”

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35 comments

  • Good point well made Steve Scrutton. Who should have been getting his players back into their positions? Where was he? Yeah getting himself in the celebration pictures as usual.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Perhaps the players need to look at their celebrations. This has never been mentioned. Particularly after the 3rd and 4th goals the celebrations were going on, whilst Liverpool were ready to kick off, and the referee was waiting for Norwich to line up. On both occasions, Liverpool were ready to play, and score. Norwich were still full of their short-lived 'success'. It was totally and absolutely unprofessional.

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    Steve Scrutton

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Scotland now in a game V Frating or it might be spelt that way

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Does Scotland play in the Ryman League? Or lower than that.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • All this hatred towards Martin disgusting most of you were probably sucking up to him when we win games and using as a scapegoat when we lose others, if it's not him it's someone else and calling for Alex to be sacked yet another joke from armchair fans you just have pretty sad lives seriously get a grip we will stay up but if we don't the negative moaners will be in their element with fans like you lot it's no wonder other clubs fans take the piss out of our fans...

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    Andy Evans

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Let's face it the entire back 4 were cr.p!

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    dave123

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Deja vu. International left back left out. International CB played. Now which international team is going to the Euro,s. CLUE Its not Scotland.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • I thought Wes's penalty was going to be saved. Soft indeed. Still, it did go in! Perhaps Alex will reallocate penalty duties to Naismith. (He's Scottish...). Holty had an arrangement with Wes on penalties. If Wes missed 2, Holt would take over and vice versa. Reportedly. "Robert" had a system too. He would sna tch the ball from the designated player then miss. His assistant, Hughton, would watch on in admiration of his boss.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • With so much to debate about the game, no one has mentioned Wes' penalty. That was nearly a missed opportunity too, very softly taken and lucky to go in. I'd rather see an Alan Shearer style spot kick, no nonsense and unstoppable.

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    Johny

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Sorry iMac but we honestly were the third best team last year. The league doesn't lie, FACT! I'll agree with you that the team selections have left a lot to be desired though. Martin and Redmond in the team equals goals conceded! We all knew it except AN. I'm still raging!

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    baguio

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Bogazj, the strange thing is that our playing staff includes a Swedish International left back. Olsson, I think, is his name.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Swiss on the 5th goal all RB needed to do was head it backwards for a corner or just let it go over his head. To nod it back into the path of Lalana was suicidal. Not a RB or LB in my opinion. Having nightmares over that header!

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    Bogaz John

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • It's all very well Alex Neil saying we defend as a team, but when is he going to take responsibility for his team selection and tactics during the game? At 3-1 Mulumbu should have been brought on to shore up the defence and see the game out. Our defence needs to be protected and the stat's bear it out, too many goals conceded to survive unless it changes soon.

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    Robert Rosario

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • There have been games where we have held a back line but it seems to break down pretty easily, Russ and Bass often getting pulled out the wings and staying there, resulting in the remaining defenders on the other side getting disconnected from the attackers that they are supposed to be covering. There are times when the CB need to go and help shut things down but if that happens, everyone else needs to adjust. As a result, quality attackers are being given space to manoeuvre in and around our penalty area. It is very hard to see much of a systematic formation in front of the backline so the result is chaos, as for Liverpool's 5th goal when the defence looked like the school 2nd XI getting a pasting. This is basic stuff but no one seems to be calling it. I hope that Timm Klose will pick up that role.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • iets throw in servile complaisance and i think we have young paddy`s measure,heh heh

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    dis dressed

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • yep tk even at my primary school if defending on the right side the left back positions himself more to the middle ,the fact that 2 backs might be upfield was too suicidal to contemplate

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    dis dressed

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • @dis dressed - Hear! Hear! Cliche ridden assertations indeed. Worse still is the sycophancy. Or lickspittlery...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Sounds like no matter what RM does (Usually bad) he will be picked. It will result in his, AN and NCFC's demise. Can one player be held responsible? Damn straight he can. It has been obvious for the last few seasons but as others grow and get better RM is getting found out. Cant mark, wont tackle (bottler) and wont close down. Inept

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    AC Canary

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • have 3 times ask who the defense coach is? whatever he ,needs to catch a bus to ipswich,with little russ,my surmise is that its holt bringing all the canny methods for which scotland and previous undistinguished ncfc players are renowned

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    dis dressed

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • If you watch Bennett during games, he is constantly talking to his other defenders and keeping them in a sensible line and position. Yes he has had a couple of poor games of late but nowhere near down to the standard we have seen from Martin. However, I still think he can do a half decent job at right back, hence I would have taken Pinto off with circa 30 minutes to go and put Klose in at centre back then switched Martin to a position he can play. I certainly would not suggest he is run out of the club as some suggest elsewhere.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • I actually think the defence looks much more organised when Bennett is playing. On Saturday Martin and Bassong were regularly far too far apart and neither full back was in position. Can anybody explain why Martin was in the oppositions half close to the left hand touchline when he made that fateful pass. As a former centre back and coach, the one thing that I was taught at schoolboy level, was to ensure that both centre backs remained in position other than for corners. Likewise, only one full back should go forward at any time, even when we were two up both Brady and Pinto were nearer the oppositions corner flag than the half way line far too often, once is a mistake more than that is crazy. I have supported AN 100% up until Saturday, it had already taken him too long to understand that Martin cannot play centre back so why switch him back in there. Finally, if he did not consider Klose fit enough to play at all on Saturday, why put him on the bench and drop Bennett out of the picture completely.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • The silly back pass - be it from the halfway line or within the box, or indeed the across the box pass . . . all part of the modern fixation with the current static form of football where it is more important not to lose possession than to craft openings to shoot. Unfortunately all teams tend to be wise to the back pass and quality players anticipate it and we see in many games forwards getting the ball, and scoring! . . . Whenever I have watched Norwich this season it seems that 2 things stand out. - Firstly their defence. . . It never looks like there is any organisation in it - people just seem to drift around and float back when NC have lost the ball ( the second thing - poor passing to own players - appalling) . . . You can slate a player for not being up to PL standards, but if the manager isn't able to organise the way the team defends, then it is a poor side and they will concede goals. AN might be a super man manager, but it would appear that too many times this season he is making the same excuses. If he is unable to organise the defence midfield attackers, then he should assemble a better team around him who can do these bits so he can then link them in his style. Teams must like playing NC, as they know that they should get at least 1 goal against them, so anything less than a point against NC shouldn't be expected . . . Managers need to be judged by team playing, not by last season's results and it isn't looking good for NC, who are the only team in the bottom 8 who haven't changed their manager and who are now looking like a relegation haunted side - even AV are looking better.

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    manbythesea

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Martin = Taking candy from a baby.

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    A fine city

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Russell needs a permanent rest. It was nine conceded from three games before Saturday's carnage. The deluded excuse for a defender spends most of his concentration pointing at other players telling them what they should be doing. That leaves about 5% to worry about his own play. So slow, both mentally and physically. The last time I saw a back pass as good as his, was in one of my lad's under 10 fixture many years ago on an absolutely sodden pitch. Martin did his on a carpet!

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    A fine city

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • The game needs to be a watershed moment for AN if the season is to be successful. Loyal servant he maybe, but RM is not playing like a leader, setting the highest standards for the team. The back pass he played would not even have reached the penalty area, it was an extremely soft goal to concede, at a time when the game should have been managed and secured. Far too often I see the defence playing football across the backline, and it doesn't look convincing or comfortable for them. You can't turn a defender into a ball player if they haven't got the skill. Rest Martin, rest Bassong and get some fresh energy into the back line.

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    Ian

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • I.Mac ,I hope you post on this site again ,I really do ,n I hope the humble pie tastes sour mate . We are good enough to play in the PL ,with out a doubt n once our defensive frailties have been addressed I'm sure things will improve . Don't support the team when they win if you can't support them when they lose . AN is a quality manager ,who has had to adapt to playing in the richest league in the world ,still young ,with much to learn but he is the man for the job.

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    bailey

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Why was Martin trying to back pass from the halfway line anyway. He should have been trying to go forward. Thats our problem, we always want to go backwards and it always leads to mistakes where they are punished.

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    Henry

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • The game needs to be a watershed moment for AN if the season is to be successful. Loyal servant he maybe, but RM is not playing like a leader, setting the highest standards for the team. The back pass he played would not even have reached the penalty area, it was an extremely soft goal to concede, at a time when the game should have been managed and secured. Far too often I see the defence playing football across the backline, and it doesn't look convincing or comfortable for them. You can't turn a defender into a ball player if they haven't got the skill. Rest Martin, rest Bassong and get some fresh energy into the back line.

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    Ian

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • AN was at fault, his defensive nous is sadly lacking. Last week when he hinted that Brady would play left back most people on here agreed that Brady is a good player but not a left back, we can see it, AN can't, and Brady's poor header led to the final goal. As for Martin, well his mind seems to be else where and his stupid back pass gifted Liverpool a goal. If we're going to do more recruiting then please get a defensive coach to help and advise AN. Another 3 points lost due to illogical team selection.

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    cutty

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Stressful job???LOL Still also struggling to understand what Dorrans actually gives to the side

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    Big Bonce

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • the LOVE FEST,continues ,does the little man not consider the effect on other defenders,{note rudds face )davitts cliche ridden assertions do not properly reflect the long term inadequacies of martin,,,dream on little man

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    dis dressed

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • I too do agree norwich city should give Russell a rest, He has been in the past a good servant for norwich city,But that's the past, If Alex is a strong manager he has to do that for the sake of the club, As the season has seen to many errors from Russell that has cost Norwich City importent points lost this season so far, Apart from Naismith and Hoolahan the rest of the team i do believe a need a good kicking up the backside for not performing that well in the premier Leaque this season, I too would make Naismith the Captain for Norwich city as he is a Leader and is up for the fight and i think the rest of the Norwich City team would Benefit from this for or our fight for staying in the Premier Leaque this season.

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    mrbluesky

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Haven't we heard this all before, the truth is we are not good enough to to be in this league . To be honest we were not the third best team last year , at times we were but generally we weren't , we were lucky a good game at Wembley and we won promotion ,that's were it all stopped . We did not invest we trusted a inexperienced manager and we are now paying the price To many awfull descions , to many poor team selections , no squad motivation , no team leader and always the same story we played bad our defence was poor we should be dealing with it Very sorry my beloved city are on a downward trend I canot see us recovering from this, I hope we do but I don't think so , some will slag me of for my comments , but after selling BJ , GH and not playing K L it shows to me we have the wrong captain steering the ship I only hope we build from this and next season in the championship after a clear out we march forward again . I will not be posting on this site again (unless we do a Leicester )

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    iMac

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Give Russell a rest. New baby, stressful job, at the least he needs a break. We may defend and attack as a team but as I keep saying you have to be good enough to do that. You can't leave gaps at the back all the time. Defence has to hold its line. Suggest Rudd, Pinto, Bennett, Klose, Olsen, Brady, Tettey, Howsen, Hoolahan, Naismith, Mbokani for next match. At last we are playing 2 up - Naismith behaves like a striker - and we saw the difference on Saturday - goals!

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Yes, why oh why after going 3-1 up did the team not effectively put 10 men behind the ball????

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, January 25, 2016

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