Alex Neil is the man to lead Norwich City’s Premier League fightback
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Russell Martin insists Alex Neil is the right man to lead Norwich City to Premier League safety.
City head to title-chasing Leicester this weekend aiming to pick up a first top flight win in seven, which has sucked the Canaries firmly into a relegation battle.
Martin, however, has seen enough ups and downs in his seven years at Carrow Road to know Neil is the real deal.
'I don't think the manager is under any pressure at all. We don't feel that, I don't believe he does,' said the Norwich captain. 'He is a fantastic manager and everyone is behind him. A couple of positive results and it changes quickly in football.
'After the job he has done since he came in, last year getting us promoted in the first place, you would hope that earns you a bit of credit and a bit of time. Clubs are far too quick to sack managers these days and this club have been great since I have been here. They don't pull the trigger early, they give their managers time.
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'We have enough in that dressing room to keep us up. We have to prove it. It is in our hands. We play a lot of teams around us and barring (Aston) Villa we have done what we needed in those games. We have to play sides around us and if we can get on the front foot, look to attack and you pick up the three points it puts a dent into them as well. We control our own destiny and there can be no regrets or excuses.'
Martin admits Norwich must cut out the self-inflicted blows.
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'We could have had many more clean sheets and a few more victories but that is the Premier League. We probably got away with it last year, this season you don't,' he said. 'You get punished and it is up to us to make as few mistakes as possible between now and the end of the season. Not just the quality of the opposition you are up against but the nature of league this year. It has been crazy with some of the results and a lot of the teams in the bottom half have real belief going into games. Maybe that wasn't always the case in the past in terms of how you set-up. It seems teams just want to out-score each other. It is such fine margins. We played better against Liverpool than we did in any of the games over Christmas, when we found a way to win, and that is what we have to do. No-one remembers the week after you played well, all they remember is the result.'