Russell Martin is hailed as Norwich City’s defensive rock by Neil Adams

Russell Martin wa a key figure in Norwich City's 1-0 Championship win at Wigan. Picture by Paul Ches

Russell Martin wa a key figure in Norwich City's 1-0 Championship win at Wigan. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Russell Martin is leading from the front for Norwich City boss Neil Adams.

The Canaries' captain was a key figure alongside Carlos Cuellar in a new look central defensive pairing that secured a clean sheet in last weekend's 1-0 Championship win over Wigan.

Martin's position in the City backline has come under scrutiny this season but Adams knows he can rely on the Scottish international to deliver.

'I think Russell Martin has been outstanding all season,' said the City manager. 'There has been a lot made of does he play better at right-back or is he better at centre-back. It doesn't faze us because I know what sort of character and what type of player he is. He doesn't moan, if I tell him to play right-back, not a problem, if I want him to play centre-back, not a problem. He will do me a solid, professional job and over these last three or four games his consistency levels have been really high.'

Adams insists clean sheets hold the key to City sustaining a Championship revival. Norwich's shut-out at the DW Stadium was only their fifth in 20 league games.

'A clean sheet is key in any game, home or away. If we are strong and disciplined in the manner we were (at Wigan) we will win most games because we feel we can score goals,' he said. 'We talk about those fine margins all the time and we didn't make any mistakes. We probably just defended a little too deep and a little too often in the second half because didn't look like we were going to put Wigan under the cosh in the manner of the opening 30 minutes, but other than that we got the tactics and the team right.'