Judgement time is fast approaching at Norwich City, insists Russell Martin

Russell Martin leads the charge in Norwich City's 0-0 Premier League draw against Manchester City. P

Russell Martin leads the charge in Norwich City's 0-0 Premier League draw against Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's stirring weekend 0-0 draw against high rollers Manchester City can trigger a triumphant march to Premier League safety.

Canaries' captain Russell Martin admits it has been a testing time at Carrow Road since the turn of the year, but Alex Neil's squad know they are playing for massive stakes over the top flight run-in.

Norwich's survival hopes were further boosted by Newcastle United's Monday night 1-0 defeat at Leicester City, which kept Rafa Benitez's side below the Canaries.

'We are trying to get ourselves out of this rut at the minute and it is not for a lack of trying,' said Martin. 'Look at the last few games and they have been as tight as any we have played and we have just fallen the wrong side of the result. We just need a spark. Teams like Newcastle below us and Sunderland just above us have not been on great runs either and no-one has quite got onto a run like Leicester or even Sunderland a season before that. It is up to one of the three to go on a run like that and I genuinely believe we can do that.'

Martin lifted the Championship play-off trophy at Wembley following a memorable promotion success but Norwich were unable to maintain that momentum back in the big time.

'As players we were well aware of the challenge,' he told Skysports. 'You go into this season on the back of winning a lot of games and doing so well and a lot of success. You go into it with so much enthusiasm and positivity and then all of a sudden off the back of a few bad results that can change fairly quickly around the place in terms of fans, supporters and media. That is all heightened in the Premier League, of course, and I think we have found that tough to deal with at times.'