Honesty is still the best policy for Martin

Russell Martin still feels honesty is the best policy – despite the fact it may have cost him earning Norwich City a second half penalty.

Hull defender Andy Dawson had plenty of his opposite full-back's shirt as Martin burst in the hosts' penalty box but that was not enough for referee Rob Shoebridge, who waved away the Norwich man's vociferous protest once Dawson's attention put paid to City's chance.

A 'handball' by Dawson under pressure from Wes Hoolahan and Jack Hobbs' late tackle on Henri Lansbury also had more than 2,500 Canaries supporters behind the goal calling for a second half spot kick – which would have been City's fourth consecutive game they had won a penalty.

'I think we should've had two to be honest,' said Martin. 'Mine, he started pulling me a good five yards before we got into the box and he carried on, and maybe I should have gone down but it's not how we're taught.

'But he should have given it anyway. The ref said it was (a foul) both ways – I don't know how, I've not touched him.

'And Henri should have had one as well, but apparently because he got his shot off it's not a penalty.

'It's one of those things. We've had decisions go for us this season and we'll have a few against us still to come I'm sure.

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'You get lambasted for diving and things like that. I don't think any of us have got it in us to be honest. Henri maybe could have gone down as well, but we're not like that. We're an honest group of lads.

'I still thought I could have got the ball. I thought I had shrugged him off a little bit and then he gave me another little tug and that's when I went totally off balance.

'Henri was exactly the same, he still thought he could get a clean connection. But it all evens itself out by the end of the season and we go home with a big point, and we've got a bit of a break now to freshen up.'

The point saw the Canaries hold on to the prized second place in the Championship, which takes a break until April 2 when City host relegation-threatened Scunthorpe United.

And although some fear the two weeks without a game could knock Norwich out of their current imperious stride, Martin believes the break is perfectly timed.

'The lads are dead on their feet now, they're really tired,' he said. 'They've put a lot of effort in the last few weeks, the run we've been on and looking forward to a break, refresh, and come back strong for the Scunthorpe game.'

Martin added: 'We didn't start too brightly. They had a lot of the ball but you've got to expect that, coming to a place like this, and I thought we sucked up the pressure really well.

'We've had the better chances to still win the game and it shows how far we've come that we're still disappointed to get a draw.'