Norwich City’s Russell Martin in rallying call
Norwich City defender Russell Martin has urged supporters to keep the faith after the below-par midweek Championship draw against Doncaster.
City's promotion push suffered a minor blip with Rovers' late Carrow Road equaliser sparking grumbles amongst sections of another 25,000 plus home crowd on the final whistle.
Martin acknowledged Paul Lambert's men had failed to scale the heights of recent weeks, but remains confident City will be in the shake up at the business end of the season.
'We've created that ourselves because of how well we have done and that has raised expectation levels,' he said. 'The fans have been brilliant for us. If a few have gone home frustrated I can promise you they are only as frustrated as we are. We want to be where they want to be and that is the top league. We are doing our best and we have a great chance and hopefully we can achieve that.
'If we come short, then you hold your hands up and say we weren't quite good enough but at this moment in time with a lot of games left we have belief and the fans believe in us. Doncaster is a one-off game. We have a massive belief in our own ability and our team ethic. The lads get on so well and we are so strong as a group. The gaffer instils that belief into us and with the fans behind you that only reinforces things and can take you a long way.'
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Martin insists City, who will aiming to maintain their promotion push at Barnsley on Saturday, have no divine right to turn up and brush aside one of the Championship's lesser lights on home turf.
'They are an established Championship side and I believe without their injuries they would be up there fighting for a play-off place,' he said. 'At the start the season when we went there they were one of the best teams we have played against. They still had some good players in their team and they probably got what they came for which is credit to them.
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'It does show how far we have come to be disappointed to be drawing against these types of sides. Teams come here and set up to be difficult to beat. We might have the majority of possession, but it's still hard to break teams down.
'Look at Crawley on Saturday at Manchester United. It's not easy when they come and look to hit you on the counter. Teams are going to drop points, there are still a lot of games to go and hopefully if we carry on performing like we have done then we'll still be there or thereabouts for sure.'
Martin also stood firm alongside full back partner Adam Drury after the experienced defender's own goal had cancelled out Grant Holt's first half opener following Drury's superb diagonal pass.
'You can't blame Adds at all,' said Martin. 'The delivery is good and he has a couple of bodies going across him. If he doesn't get a shout he has to try and get something on it and unfortunately he has and it has gone in the back of the net.
'But he is so consistent and his performances are at a real high level. He has been here a long, long time and I think that is his first own goal which is unusual for a defender. None of the lads blame him. He has just got a touch to it and it goes in.'