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Russell Martin will keep the faith despite another Norwich City stumble at Carrow Road

00:08 22 October 2014

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Norwich City's Russell Martin celebrates opening the scoring at Carrow Road against Leeds United on Tuesday night.

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Captain Russell Martin is confident things will turn in Norwich City’s favour.

Carrow Road endured more frustration as Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United made it one win in six for the Canaries, who slipped to fifth in the Championship table despite Martin’s 59th minute header.

That gave City a lead they could only hold on to for four minutes, as Souleymane Doukara struck a classy equaliser.

“It was the same old story as previous weeks really,” said Martin. “We’ve probably on average conceded two shots per game, which is very good on the defensive side. And they just seem to be going in, unfortunately.

“It’s just those little mistakes that are costing us, but it’s small details and I don’t think we can be too dissatisfied with the way we’ve played. We’ve played well, especially again tonight.

“We were camped in their half for most of the game, but when we do put the ball in the back of the net we’ve got to keep a clean sheet and it’s disappointing the way we’ve concede the goal.

“But there’s no real panic. We’ve just said in there, if we keep playing like that most of the season, the goals will come back again. We have goals in us, we saw that earlier in the season. We’ve just got to be a little more incisive at both ends, and get those small details right – and then we will be OK.”

The familiar pattern of performance came with a shake-up to Neil Adams’ starting XI and some bright moments from the recalled Jonny Howson and substitute Vadis Odjidja, as well as a first league start for Josh Murphy.

“That’s the quality in depth we’ve got this year,” added Martin. “The manager freshened it up, and the boys that played and came in did really well. We’ve got a strong enough squad for two teams really.

“We made changes, didn’t really change what we did – we still played well, should’ve won the game but we didn’t.”

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29 comments

  • Difficult games coming up and it will be a test of our resolve as to whether we can manage to start turning things round. I am not too optimistic given the way we are failing to perform at present. Unless we get to grips with our problems it may turn out to be a mediocre season. Recent results just shows that for all the hype and early season promise, we are simply not gelling as a team. I believe Derby will win the Championship and that Watford may well accompany them. After that it is a complete lottery. Whether we will feature depends on us tightening up at the back, playing the ball forward far quicker and with more potency, getting more support for the front men and getting both wingers doing the basics well - i.e. getting past their fullbacks and squaring the ball back into the path of our forward players.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Bluster cannot handle Canary Call. He simply does not know how to speak to people. Ex players eg. Adrian Forbes, Darren Eadie put the caller at ease and allow them to get the point of view across. Neil Adams was another who handled it very well. Bluster wants to jump down their throat as soon as they say anything critical. He is also obsessed with trying to get Paul to apologise for something said on the opening day of the season.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Quality in depth Russ?Apparently not at CB or RB!

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Whilst we're on the subject of Canary Call, who was the guy who said that it was a mistake to drop Grabban because he was playing badly as it would affect his confidence? Yes I know that I can't stand Grabban but to suggest that you shouldn't drop a player who was playing badly was the most stupid comment that I have ever heard. Was he suggesting that only players that are playing well should be dropped? England have suffered for years from not playing the in form players. What a foolish man! IAWT

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    baguio

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • first half was like a training game all one way but need a little luck and composure in equal measures and results will take a significant upturn and in my opinion Redmond provides our greatest attacking threat and his crossing recently has been good, finishing granted still needs improving. So much to be encouraged by so tweaking rather than major surgery required and lets be honest we didnt expect it to be a walk in the park did we we are NCFC. On a side note i always have quite liked the ....shall we say eccentric callers on canary call from a comedy point of view but the callers and even more so the host are now beyond a joke which is a shame as i like the views of the ex players

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Agree, Parsnip. Also agree with JB. Butler`s Radio "journalism" rises no higher than the "thoughts" of a lager slurping bonehead. No wonder some outsiders regard Norwich as a "Big Village". Butler is an ignoramus.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Just seen Stew's post to the effect that racist abuse is the equivalent to sledging in cricket and "boys have to grow up". Shocking.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Canary Call is rubbish. The people filteredallowed to speak on there are not representative of 99% of fans. Adams is doing an ok job. I think he will gradually change the team over the coming matches. Last night was frustrating but at least each game is relatively exciting unlike last season.

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    Parsnip

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Fully agree Michigan

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    JB

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • At the end of the season, one goal, let alone one point might be the difference between automatic promotions vs play-offs, or even play-offs vs no play-offs, so all this "it is early days...." bs really annoys me. These are professional players paid well, and should be tearing their hair out for every goal conceded or missed, let alone every point dropped. This is where a tough manager comes in, and it appears we don't have one again this season. We heard all this "early days" stuff last year and look what happened. This year, i don't think we will get relegated, but I am worried about what will likely "not happen". NA - get tough and instill some discipine in this squad, plus get plan B and C sorted, or we need to get someone in who can. Also, let the results do the talking and keep the players training hard instead of talking to the press. I for one am sick of this "it will be alright tomorrow attitude" because it won't be if it is allowed to continue.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Not that I want to see excuses but the high winds last night certainly did not help our two wingers nor did the fact that they were mostly marked by two players whenever they got the ball. Our problem was that the full backs failed to overlap and neither of the two central midfield players seemed able to create much. Apart from playing Martin at centre back, I think NA got the starting team right, however, it became obvious that Jerome and Lafferty were not going to form an instant partnership. I would have made an attacking change at half time, probably bring Hooper on but once again he did not gel with Jerome. I would then have brought Grabban on to see how he could play with Hooper but this was left far too late in the game. However, as I stated before, once we had gone a goal up, we should have changed to a 4,5,1 formation to protect our lead, we did not need to chase a second goal. This is not hind sight as we were discussing this as soon as we saw Hooper being prepared to come on.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • I lost track of the number of times our esteemed local pundit started sentences with "No, yes, absolutely . . ." No wonder estuary English is rife. I welcome regional accents no matter how strong, but I really do think that broadcasters should be grammatically correct. I fear for our language.

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • The statistics again showed two thirds of the possession for City, twenty shots at goal only six on target, they had one on target and scored. To continually concede a quick goal after scoring, keep dropping points to lower teams who have come for a point shows that something is missing somewhere. Corporal Jones favourite saying "Don't panic"! Surely this form will not get a top six place let alone promotion, so it needs fixing now not later.

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Well MB, I would like to say I support old bluster...... But I cant, as I commented over the weekend I have never heard such a load of b******** from that said person. I cannot believe Radio Norfolk are happy with that type of reporting. It sounds somewhat embarrassing in little ole Maaaadrid

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    JB

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • It is a long season and it is difficult but it is obvious something is missing. We are conceding similar goals week in week out. We have a good squad but knowing we will face packed defences at CR for each home game we have to find a way to get through, whether it be using the full backs better, wingers who can cross or even drafting in an experienced striker on loan to get us over the hump. Momentum is important. We do not have any at the moment for all the fine words. It is not luck. Someone once said the more I practice the luckier I get. Our players abilities will get us so far but without good management and the right mix we will fall short. It's time for NA to step up and show why he got the job.

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    suffolkcanary

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • How many times have we read " It was a game we should have won?" Too many. To go 2 months without a home win and worse for the opposition to have only one or two shots per game and STILL score is just unacceptable. Poor fans who turn up to watch like poor Cornwall who went all that way to Fulham to see rubbish! Sad days for us City fans. Only Derby want to win this league.

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    Bogaz John

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Norwich 18 yard line is fast becoming a Bermuda triangle where norwich men fear to tread and all sight is lost............ promotion not now not never under MR A plan.

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    john dab

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Forget all the hype at the beginning of the season implying we were the 'chosen ones' who just needed to turn up to be champions. We are a good team as are several others. This is a tough division to get out of. What changes are needed to achieve that I am not qualified to say. I was disappointed at Fulham at the lack of cuuting edge in the penalty area but I do think at the end of the season we will be there or thereabouts challenging for promotion. I will settle for thrashing a suffolk team in the Wembley play off.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • That said, I agree with M_Y; it is far too soon to start an "Adams out" style campaign. Despite our much vaunted "favourites" status, the team is very much a `work in progress`. We`ve yet to see much of VO-O. Howson is back. Hooper has a point to prove - if he feels like it. I hope, when Hooiveld is fit again, we`ll see him at CB and Martin at RB. (Btw; what`s wrong with Cuellar & Miquel??). Cafu`s & Bambi`s International prospects are secondary to the needs of their paymaster, NCFC. It`s only Scotland, anyway... Josh is a tyro, but the talent is there. At this level, Adams is a tyro too. On another tack, and this is not having a go at Russell Martin, I feel an inspirational captain is lacking. Somebody in the Grant Holt mould. Perhaps that mould was broken when `they` made him. Chris Martin and Jacob Butterfield both scored last night... At least the Binners lost at Cardiff - but they`re still just behind us. Oh, yes they are! INIA. OTBC. Etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Certainly no room for complacency, jigs. We got too much complacent tvvaddle last season; aided and abetted, paradoxically, by Chrissie`s simpering submission to teams with "more quality in ver final furd" who could "hurt us". Listening to the match on Radio Partridge last night, I was struck by the number of times Darel Sutch(?) used the expression "final furd". I should`ve done a count. Rab C. Bluster-Budvessel`s performance was a masterclass in talking over attempted phone-in contributors. What a boorish boy he is. Now that Mattias333 is no longer here to defend Bluster, hopefully somebody else will "fill the breach", to coin a recent Archie-ism.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Can't see what all the panic is about. Those on Canary Call last night calling for the managers head should take a good look at themselves - they sounded ridiculous. Ok we haven't picked up the points we thought we would - yes, it's frustrating but lets keep a sense of rationale. We've played well (mostly) and dominated teams . Some minor surgery is needed to find the goals that's all. NA knows this and the players know it to, and with that said I'm sure they are working on it. As for those that thought it justified to boo on the final whistle last night you really should be ashamed.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Incisive is a good word......in this context it means sharper passing, and getting the telling balls into the strikers from midfield. One thing I noticed about last night was that too many goal attempts came from acute angles, and that the 2 wonder boy wingers were failing to get to the byeline and get the telling crosses in. It doesn't matter if you have 65% of the play if it's mostly in the midfield and against a packed stonewall defence. Penetration is what we lack. Likewise because we are on the offensive, our defenders are pulled too far upfield, and are easy to bypass for what is now becoming the standard stupid sucker punch goal.

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • A tedious and predictable response. Fact is we have now dropped 9 points from games in which we dominated possession. Yes, there is a lot of football left in the season but what evidence is there to suggest that anything is likely to change from our last three performances or when the players and the manager seem to think everything's fine?

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Its time the players took responsibility to perform, after all they are paid enough. Its all very people calling for managers head, but when the players cross the line it is down to them, they know what they have to do. They should take a leaf from Sunderland players, After that heavy defeat they accepted the fact it was not good enough and offered to reimburse the supporters, perhaps the Norwich players should do something like that.

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    Derek McDonald

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Reflecting this morning on the Leeds game, despite the players meeting and the changes I couldn't honestly see any improvement. In fact in some respects we were poorer, especially as, having committed Murphy and Redmond from the start, I was very disappointed in their performances. Very few decent crosses and in one bizarre moment during the first half both players were over on the left! That was frustrating but in addition Jerome and Lafferty (later Hooper) also got little from midfield to work with. Not only were we not providing them with enough good balls in the box but our midfield, Howson aside, provided no support. Faced with tight defensive set-up we still failed to move the ball quickly enough and accurately, especially from the back. The evidence of the past half dozen games gives me little encouragement and very little optimism that we will feature in the top six, let alone be promotion candidates. Perhaps there was too much pre- and early season hype? Everyone was telling us we were favourites to go straight back up. But the evidence recently is that we are in fact sliding backwards in terms of our team performances. We may have a good squad but we are simply not playing as a coherent unit. All the talk about possession is of no consequence if that cannot be converted into chances and goals.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • He is one of best players. To be honest though we can't break teams down - we just aren't effective.

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    Parsnip

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • .....Linc's!...in cricket, it's called 'Sledging' I believe!.....It certainly has the desired effect on the recipient....Referees have to cut it out!..but at the same time boys have to grow up!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Agree with Russell there's no real panic with so much football left to play and games being dominated. However a failure to keep clean sheets and lack of goals is hardly the foundation on which to build promotion. Also, disappointed to read on another board that a Leeds player allegedly racially abused Cameron Jerome. If proven the authorities must impose a lengthy ban on the offender

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • A little more incisive?! Bit of an understatement methinks.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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