Norwich City captain Russell Martin wants relegation rifts healed

Norwich City captain Russell Martin. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City captain Russell Martin. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It's time for Norwich City to heal the relegation rifts and come together, just like under Alex Neil two years ago.

That's according to Canaries skipper Russell Martin, with City aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time this season tonight as Wigan visit Carrow Road – in the latest chapter of Norwich's bid for another immediate return to the Premier League.

'It took a while for us to really get going two years ago and it took a while to feel… I don't know, you have to be patient and we took a while to get going as a club – the fans and the players, everyone to come together,' admitted Martin.

'But it's getting there and the transfer window closing will help, wins like against Cardiff will help and then people seeing how much it means to us, and fighting.

'We lacked a little bit of that at Birmingham and we had to get back to that on Saturday because it's all right thinking we're a good football team and we can go out and pass, but you've got to win the battle first in this league and we're aware of that now.


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'The Birmingham thing might be the best thing that happens to us. Get it done, get it out of the way early and now we can kick on.'

The question remaining for the City skipper may well be where he kicks on from? An extended Saturday covering at left-back for the injured Robbie Brady looks likely to be finished, as Martin Olsson moves closer to full fitness, but Martin is happy to continue there if he is needed.

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'I'll play anywhere – it doesn't bother me,' added Martin. 'I think people have this perception that I'm insisting on playing somewhere.

'I'll play wherever the manager tells me, whether that be up front or in goal. I couldn't care less. I just want to be on the pitch.

'I just did a job for the team on Saturday. Robbie got injured unfortunately. We've got two extremely good left-backs. But if I'm asked to do a job there I will try to do it to the best of my ability.'

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