Norwich City captain Russell Martin will relish the Elland Road cauldron
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Russell Martin is confident Norwich City will rise to the occasion against Leeds in Tuesday's Elland Road cauldron.
City may be at the sharp end of an epic Championship promotion battle but given the shared history between the two clubs an away test at the home of the former Champions League semi-finalists is an occasion to relish.
'They are all tough but Elland Road under the floodlights is a place the lads enjoy playing at. They will be right up for it,' said Martin. 'They have played really well since Neil Redfearn has taken it over. He has brought through a lot of the academy lads and they are giving everything for him and despite whatever might be happening off the pitch they have looked settled so we have to impose our game and dictate the tempo. We have a strong connection with Leeds when you look at the players who have come from there, but this is all about us now.
'When the gaffer first came in we went on a fantastic run and won six or seven on the bounce and it is going to take that again. We have four left, and I make no apologies for calling them four cup finals. Four wins and we do it. I know everyone keeps talking about goal difference but our concentration is on getting those four wins. I think that will get us there.'
Martin, speaking to the club's official site, is not underestimating the lasting uplift from the manner of their stoppage time 2-1 league win at Bolton.
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'It was huge for us, particularly how we won it,' he said. 'When you are on top in a game like that and time is running out you start to wonder if it will come but fortunately for us it fell to the right person. Hoops' is so cool in front of goal and he is a great finisher and you could see by the celebrations how much it meant to us and the travelling fans and all the support staff.
'You can see from the togetherness of the lads what it means. We are four games from doing something very special. We did it the last time in the league when we scored a lot of late goals. It shows the character and the desire in the team. Bolton, away, is not an easy game and for us to score in the manner we did would have wounded a few other teams.'
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