Norwich City must stop the rot now to get back in the promotion race

Chris Martin deserves his chance on the international form after his good form for Derby, says Iwan

Chris Martin deserves his chance on the international form after his good form for Derby, says Iwan Roberts. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Going into the last international break Norwich City were in the top two in the Championship alongside Nottingham Forest, the club that beat them in their last game.

However going into this international weekend the Canaries had fallen to tenth in the league with Forest just below them in 11th.

With just two wins in their last ten games Norwich find themselves six points behind probably the most consistent team in the division, Derby County.

This poor run really needs to come to end as the club can't allow this blip to continue for much longer.

People have said that this is the most talented squad of players the club's ever had but I'm not 100pc convinced of that comment. I do believe though that it is one of, if not the, strongest squads in the league and it's now about time the players started showing it.


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Sleeves need to be rolled up and we need to see the character and the determination the players have to get the club back to winning ways.

Every club goes through a blip in the season but it is the team whose players show the mental strength to make sure it doesn't go on for too long that are the successful ones.

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I bet it's been a long two weeks for Neil and the players, especially the ones who haven't been away with their countries since they last played and I wouldn't have thought the players would have had too much time off over the last fortnight.

Tomorrow afternoon it's Brighton and Hove Albion who are the visitors to Carrow Road.

I'm not going to tempt fate this time by saying it should be a game which Norwich should win comfortably seeing that Brighton have made a very poor start to the season, winning just three of their 17 games.

I've said that too many times already this season only to be proved wrong with the club throwing points away against teams they really should be turning over.

Sami Hyypia has had a tough time since he took over at The Amex Stadium and his side are on an even poorer run than Norwich. They have won just once in their last ten games and have only won once away from home this season. Brighton's hangover of losing in the play-offs last season really has carried on into this season which often happens when you've suffered a major disappointment.

This is why I can't give Steve McLaren and his Derby players enough credit to the way they've responded to losing last season's play-off final to QPR.

One of those players is Chris Martin who's become a very good player over the last season and a half.

Chris made his full debut last Tuesday night for Scotland against the old enemy, England.

He didn't have the best of nights and was in fact substituted at half-time but he'll have other opportunities in a Scottish shirt especially if he keeps performing and scoring goals like he has been for the Rams.

Chris left Norwich on a free transfer in 2013 after being loaned out to a host of clubs. He's had his off the field problems which he now looks to have put behind him and is now showing the promise he started to show when he first got into the team at Norwich where he showed what a good finisher he was in front of goal.

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