Russell Martin will take inspiration from a dark day in Norwich City’s history ahead of Fulham return

Russell Martin shows the pain of defeat following Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham

Russell Martin shows the pain of defeat following Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham last season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Russell Martin will allow himself a brief moment of reflection when he walks through the away dressing room door at Craven Cottage to recall one of the darkest episodes from Norwich City's recent past.

The Canaries' captain revealed this week a desolate scene unfolded within those four walls after Neil Adams' first match in charge brought little reward for a dominant top flight performance that ended in a 1-0 loss.

'I still feel we owe them one from last year so the lads who were here can use a bit of that. We were brilliant that day,' said Martin. 'We got undone by a set piece but how we never scored I will never know.

'The lads came off the pitch and in the dressing room they were physically done, we put everything into that, we worked so hard all week and we didn't get the result we probably deserved, but that is football for you. This time I'll take playing not as well as that but winning the game for sure.

'I really enjoy playing there. It is a proper traditional, old-fashioned stadium and I like it and the area around it is nice as well. Regardless of what has gone on down there before we are a different team this year. We have a different team ethic and a way of playing. With the away performances we have put in this season we will go and have a right crack at getting a result.


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'You know the usual way of doing it is to try and win your home games and pick up points away to supplement that, but whichever way we go about the task is fine by me.'

Martin is not fooled by Fulham's current lowly league status after early-season difficulties.

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'People have spoken about it and when I was away with Scotland these last couple of weeks we spoke about it amongst the players regarding teams who are perhaps in a false position in the league at this time of the year,' said Martin. 'I certainly don't think you'll find Fulham in the position they are now come the end of the season. They have a squad full of good players, international players, so it will be tough. They've sort of had an upturn of late and I have no doubt they will be in a much better position come the end of this campaign.'

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