Russell Martin so proud of Norwich City’s achievement

Russell Martin gives his shirt to a fan after City's triumphant final home match of the season again

Russell Martin gives his shirt to a fan after City's triumphant final home match of the season against West Brom. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City defender Russell Martin insists the club's Premier League survival is the perfect answer to the critics.

Martin believes finishing just outside the top 10 was an unqualified success after the managerial upheaval 12 months ago.

'Its been a tough season. It was always going to be after the manager left last summer but I think we have done extremely well to finish 11th. I think we can be fairly happy with ourselves,' he said. 'Under any manager things are going to change because they have different styles and ways of playing. We have been cavalier over the last couple of years and it was about trying to score more goals than the opposition.

'This year it was about being more solid and trying to work from that base and we finished one place higher than last season so it is all positive. In the final two games we showed we can go and score goals and it's been a great way to finish. The Premier League has been tough this time around with teams like Fulham and Stoke, Sunderland and Newcastle spending a lot more money than us.'

Martin, speaking to Talksport, feels the foundations are in place to push on alongside exciting additions like Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

'I don't know too much about him but he has been in and around the Dutch squad so he will be good technically and he has scored a lot of goals in Portugal so it is an exciting one,' he said. 'We've paid a good amount of money for him. It shows the ambition of the club and I am sure there'll be one or two more and everyone is looking forward to going on, evolving and hopefully improving again.

'If you are playing under different managers you are getting asked to do different things. For me as a defender it has been just as enjoyable because we kept 10 clean sheets which is no mean feat. Every way of playing has its pros and cons and we wanted to stay in the Premier League. All the players are proud of what they have achieved.'