Russell Martin pledges Norwich CIty will go on the attack in the Premier League
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Norwich City captain Russell Martin is pledging the Canaries will go for the jugular back in the Premier League.
Martin echoed Alex Neil's call to be fearless when they begin their campaign against Crystal Palace at Carrow Road on August 8 after sealing an instant top flight return through the Championship play-offs.
'We attacked it last time we first went up with a squad that was unproven and unknown. We'll attack it again with this manager,' said Martin. 'This time we'll have a go. Yes, there will be days when we get beaten but if we do it will be in the right manner, not like towards the end of that last season in this league when it got a bit too easy for teams to beat us. I think the fans will appreciate that.
'We can have a right go and be confident and impose ourselves on other teams, rather than being dictated to and catch teams on the counter-attack. If you set up like that in the Premier League there will be games when it works but, and it's the same in international football, if you sit back teams have so much quality.'
Martin admits the sense of anticipation is building ahead of their return to the big time.
'I think everyone connected with the club is going to enjoy it and its important we do,' he said. 'Let's go and enjoy it because I think in my opinion we got a bit complacent as a football club and took it for granted being in the Premier League the last time.
'Apart from the top four or six teams, who have huge money and can sign any player they want, it is a very tight league and that was shown again last season.
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'Up until the last few weeks 10 or 11 could have been in that bottom three. If we look after ourselves at home against teams in and around us with this manager I know we'll approach away games in a positive manner.'
Martin is part of a core group now at Neil's disposal who know what it takes to survive in the Premier League.
'I know I can play in the Premier League, so do a lot of the other lads, who have played a lot of games at that level,' he said. 'That is a huge plus. We have done it in this league before but now have a squad who are well capable.'
• Read Martin's thoughts on last season's promotion success, preparing for a new season in the Premier League, and the Carrow Road factor, ahead of the 80th anniversary celebrations, in Monday's Pinkun.