Norwich City captain Russell Martin has unfinished business in the Premier League

Norwich City captain Russell Martin has unfinished business with the Premier League. Picture by Paul

Norwich City captain Russell Martin has unfinished business with the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City captain Russell Martin admits it is unfinished business for him and many of his team mates as they gear up for a Premier League return against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Martin was part of the squad who were relegated in 2014, and getting back there at the first attempt last season was only part of the healing process.

'It is what we worked so hard for. It was all about proving ourselves again and that was a weight lifted off our shoulders, with all the expectations and that desperation,' he said. 'We can't face it with any trepidation. Let's go and enjoy it like the first time around. I have spoken about the little bit of complacency that had set in before and maybe the expectations of fans and players grew too quickly.

'There are games you won't enjoy in the Premier League and games where you don't have a lot of the ball, but we have the right ingredients to have a really good season. The team spirit is excellent because what we went through last season and the whole journey to Wembley builds memories and when the tough times come we will get through them.'

Martin insists Alex Neil's side will hold their own back in the big time.


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'We want to consolidate this year and then push on. We won't set ourselves any positional targets, let's see where we end up,' he said. 'Obviously there will be times when we can't go full out and we can't be gung ho, but the manager will give us that freedom to express ourselves within the structure of the team and he gets that balance spot on.'

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