West Bromwich Albion visit on Saturday could be defining moment for Norwich City’s season
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Norwich City are preparing for a game that could prove to be one of the defining moments of their season.
The Canaries suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this campaign – and the first time under manager Alex Neil – as a thumping at Newcastle on Sunday followed the home defeat to high-flying Leicester City.
West Brom – whose previous league visit to Carrow Road effectively brought an end to Chris Hughton's reign at City – will be the opponents on Saturday as Norwich try to get their season back on track.
'They are the sort of games that, if I'm being honest, will define our season,' acknowledged skipper Russell Martin.
'It's not going to be the games against the so-called top four or five, or whatever. It's going to be how well we do against teams around us.
'At home… actually against all the teams around us apart from at Newcastle, we've done well.
'So, yes, we need to make sure we bounce back.
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'And against West Brom I think it will be the same at it was at Newcastle – they will soak up pressure and try to counter-attack, like most teams have done against us this year, especially at our place.
'They will sit back and make it difficult, and we have got to make sure we are not so vulnerable when we're attacking, as we were on Sunday.
'We need to make sure we get a result, it's as simple as that.
'There's no big crisis. We've been playing well up to the weekend, when we didn't. Sometimes that happens. If we had won at Newcastle it would have been a case of moving on to Saturday. We lost, so we analysed it and moved on the same. We can't get too high or low.
'It's obvious how we were going to be feeling after the game, as professionals and with our pride. But we have to get over that quickly and come Saturday, make sure we're feeling better.'