We’ll start the party when title is ours, says Martin

Norwich City defender Russell Martin insisted yesterday the party is on hold until the Canaries clinch the League One title. City's battling rearguard action against Charlton sealed Martin's second consecutive promotion from English football's third tier after going up with Peterborough United 12 months ago - but the right back revealed there were muted celebrations at The Valley.

Norwich City defender Russell Martin insisted yesterday the party is on hold until the Canaries clinch the League One title.

City's battling rearguard action against Charlton sealed Martin's second consecutive promotion from English football's third tier after going up with Peterborough United 12 months ago - but the right back revealed there were muted celebrations at The Valley.

Paul Lambert's squad now have their eyes on the championship trophy ahead of Gillingham's Carrow Road visit on Saturday with a point needed to guarantee the title.

"In the dressing room afterwards it was just elation, really the lads were dead on their feet because it was such a hot day," said Martin.


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"It was a great day to be honest and I don't think many of us expected it to be done and dusted on Saturday.

"We hadn't been prepared for it so there was no champagne or anything like that.

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"We didn't expect it to happen that weekend with the other results but they went our way and we got a big result ourselves.

"There was just a lot of hugging and high-fiving.

"It was relief because we were absolutely knackered to be honest. It was probably more relaxed than you would think but if we win the title then it will be party time."

Martin revealed last season's heartbreaking Championship exit at The Valley had driven on Lambert's side in the stamina-sapping conditions.

"We didn't have a lot of joy last season down there and obviously a few of the lads were still here who were involved in that game when they got relegated," he said.

"It meant so much to the boys. For all the fans who were down there it was a great day and a great atmosphere and a great day for the club.

"We've been given a couple of days off and I know a few of the lads have gone back to see families and stuff but we'll get together again this week try and do the business against Gillingham and then we can really celebrate."

Martin admitted City's defining result at The Valley was a triumph for blood and guts rather than free-flowing football.

"It wasn't a nice one to play in because we were under pressure but sometimes that makes it even more satisfying," he said.

"You're away to a team where we didn't have a lot of joy last season but we got ourselves in front and had a lead to protect. The lads did that absolutely brilliantly. We didn't play particularly well second half but it was all about the result.

"Fraser (Forster) made some unbelievable saves and to come away from a tough place winning 1-0 is extremely satisfying.

"In those last few minutes you just have to stay calm. Charlton played really well and you have to give them credit but the longer it went the more you felt it was one of those days that could go our way.

"The determination we showed was there for everyone to see."

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