Norwich City’s Premier League style under Alex Neil excites Russell Martin
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Even ignoring the dramatic nature of a memorable Sunday surrounding the Martin family's newest member, the broad smiles crossed club divides.
'My uncle is a Liverpool fan and he came here, so I was staring at him when I celebrated and he was going mental with all the Norwich fans – that shows how much it means it everyone,' said City skipper Russell Martin, with the glow and bleary eyes that often come with renewed parenthood.
Within hours of welcoming baby number three into the world back in Norwich, the centre-back was giddy with his equaliser at Anfield – and another point proved by a side that possess the efficiency and belief that appears to be completely evading Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool unit.
'This is pretty special,' Martin added. 'We worked so hard last year to come back to these places and I think the way we're playing now, we're proud of that and the performances we are putting in, the platform and belief the manager gives us as a team, and the togetherness, resilience and character we've got now – we're a really hard team to play against and we've shown that again today.
'In fact, we've come to Anfield and gone toe to toe with a team that for me is still in the top five in the country – although they are going through a sticky patch. We had to dig in. You don't come here and have it all your own way, and we were aware of that. But there were times when we played some great stuff.'
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City's Premier League style under Alex Neil is starting to come to the fore, and for Martin, that is providing an exciting prospect.
'John (Ruddy) has made some fantastic saves; he's been brilliant the big man, because there have been games this season where he's not really had much to do and he's had to pick the ball out of the net – and I've felt disappointed for us and for him,' added Martin.
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'But here, when he was called upon he has been brilliant. And we're going to need that at times because with the way we set up and the way we have a go at teams, sometimes it leaves us a little bit open.
'We don't sit anywhere and wait for the team to play. We want to impose our own game, and we did that. We might have even nicked it at the end.
'But we're well happy with a point. We've maintained a really high standard. There is one performance from this season we are not happy with – at Southampton – and we've moved on from that.
'Now people will start taking note of the way we are playing and hopefully we are sending fans home happy and proud of our team.'