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MARTIN: TEAM SPIRIT KEY

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16:00 23rd January 2014

by Norwich City Football Club

Club Captain praises togetherness

RUSSELL Martin believes the excellent team spirit among the squad was the driving force behind them ending their eight-game winless streak by beating Hull City last weekend.

All of the Canaries’ outfield players on the pitch gathered in a huddle to celebrate Ryan Bennett’s dramatic 87th-minute winner at Carrow Road, and Club captain Martin says that was indicative of how close the group is on and off the pitch.

“The boys were all elated. I think it showed in our celebration. We all got in a huddle to celebrate and then made sure that we saw it through and enjoyed it,” he said.

“We’re a really tight knit squad, we’ve got a really good team spirit – that’s what our success has been based on and that hasn’t been lost with all the signings we’ve made

“I thought we deserved to win but the longer the game went on you thought we might not be able to squeeze that goal, but we did.

“We’ve felt since the turn of the year the performances have been quite good and we haven’t got the results that we deserved, but Saturday we were deserved winners and hopefully that gives us something to build on now.”

The result lifted Chris Hughton’s men up to 12th in the Premier League and five points clear of the relegation zone with another home encounter against Newcastle United to come next Tuesday.

The 28-year-old acknowledges that expectations were bound to rise after some notable signings last summer, but he believes the closeness of teams in the bottom half of the division shows that it’s tougher than ever.

“We want to improve year on year, there’s no doubt about that, but it does get tougher every year as well,” added Martin when speaking to the official Barclays Premier League podcast.

“The Club’s been fortunate enough to have had so much success over the last three or four years, but when the times are tough we have to stick together, and fortunately so far that’s been the case.

“As long as we stay at the top of that mini-league in the bottom half, then we’ll be fine. We’ve been there so far, and it’s up to us to stay there by beating the teams in and around us.”

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