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Norwich City need to deal with their nervousness, admits Russell Martin

Russell Martin celebrates scoring Norwich City's opener at home to Leeds United in midweek.

Russell Martin celebrates scoring Norwich City's opener at home to Leeds United in midweek.

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The captain led by example with Norwich City’s opening goal against Leeds in midweek – but as has been the case of late, it wasn’t quite enough for victory.

The captain led by example with Norwich City’s opening goal against Leeds in midweek – but as has been the case of late, it wasn’t quite enough for victory.

Still, as far as Russell Martin is concerned City’s sticky patch has not affected the belief in camp – although there is now the small matter of dealing with that air of tension about the place.

Since the international break, City have picked up one point and gone from top of the Championship table to fifth and playing catch-up – and even that is not a particularly bad thing for Martin.

“It’s a tight league and the top six will chop and change I’m sure,” said Martin. “As long as we stay in that pack, we’ll be fine. I don’t recall being top of the league for any particular length of time the last time we got promoted, so it’s not a major problem being knocked off the top. Sometimes it’s better to be the hunter than the hunted.

“We’re doing OK. We’re fifth in the league. This isn’t panic time, this isn’t us being in trouble and all that – that’s not the case. We’re playing OK and the goals and wins will come.

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“We’ve just got to keep believing and have a little bit more conviction in our play. There’s maybe a bit of nervousness that’s crept in, but not a lack of belief. We believe we are good enough to achieve what we want to achieve. But maybe it’s been a little bit tense at times.

“We’ve got to get used to teams sitting back and making things difficult for us, and we’ve got to find a way to deal with that – and the quicker the better.”

Of course, the aim will be to start delivering on that vow from today’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

At least Martin has now claimed the silver lining of his first City goal since New Year’s Day 2013.

“It’s about time I got the goal – but a bit of frustration it wasn’t the winner,” Martin added. “It was about time we scored from a set-piece too.”

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3 comments

  • Please, please, please Russell go back to full back. Please....

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    Parsnip

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • You`re "on" something, NMTD, Inia? May I have some? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Absolutely correct Russ, we're doing ok, we're not in trouble, no time to panic, anyone who says we are are deluded ......... ### Players gonna play, play, play, Haters gonna hate, hate hate ### INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, October 24, 2014

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