Russell - We still have a job to do

Darel Russell fired a note of warning after a champagne performance which helped Norwich City shake off the tag of the worst performing team in the country.

By CHRIS LAKEY

Darel Russell fired a note of warning after a champagne performance which helped Norwich City shake off the tag of the worst performing team in the country.

Carrow Road erupted at the final whistle as City ended an 11-game winless run in the Championship with a 2-0 defeat of Coventry City - only the third win of the season for the hapless Canaries.

But Glenn Roeder's team are still three points adrift of Preston at the bottom, and even a win at Blackpool tonight is unlikely to improve their position.

And Russell says the time for celebrating will be when they extricate themselves from the worst predicament the club has faced in years.

“It was brilliant to win, but there is still something missing from my point of view because of where we are in the table,” said Russell, who deservedly picked up the sponsors' bubbly. “If we had that win and we were top of the table the feeling could be 10 times better.

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“We have a job to do getting ourselves out of this relegation battle that we are in. We have won one game and we are still at the bottom of the league and we still have a job to do.

“When we win and we can get ourselves out then we can jump up and really cheer and enjoy it.

“It is nice to stop the rot but we still have a job to do. It is not like we have won the league - we have got to keep going and win more and more games.”

Russell's exertions left him feeling unwell - and he believes the players have responded to City's new management team by pushing themselves to the limit.

“I think everybody wanted to win, and that's a nice feeling,” he said. “I always go out there and give 100pc myself - but in previous game people may not have given as much as they could have possibly given and gone that little inch further.

“But today I think everyone put everything they could have put into that game to make sure they got the result and everyone got what they deserved today.”

Russell started a Championship game alongside Mark Fotheringham for the first time, and believes the Scot's presence helped him overcome a problem that Roeder had described as “doing the job of two men”.

“I didn't have to worry about the responsibility so much of getting back because I knew that Fozzy would be there,” said Russell.

“It is nice to know that when you go forward you can rely on somebody else and having that trust in somebody else being able to do that side of things lets you have that little bit more freedom to do what you need to do.

“Patto (Matty Pattison) also can play in the middle and he could tuck in and cover up for me if I went missing. And I think it is brilliant from that point of view - it was very, very good.”

Roeder has now accumulated four points in four games, with his infusion of a quartet of loan players not only improving the playing side, but increasing competition too.

“The gaffer has motivated everyone, everyone is up for it and obviously there is competition for places as well, because everyone wants to play now,” Russell added. “With results like that you have to look behind you because people want to get in the team now and you want to keep that shirt, especially if you play like that every week.

“It's enjoyable to be out there and be in that team.”