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20:00 12th February 2016

by James Baldwin

City skipper rallies troops ahead of Hammers clash

THE message is simple when Norwich City host West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm), according to captain Russell Martin.

Following last weekend's 2-0 reverse at Aston Villa, Alex Neil's side find themselves in the relegation zone with approximately a third of the season remaining after a run of five straight league defeats.

Speaking to the media at Colney Training Centre on Friday afternoon, Martin said: "We've had a good discussion about the way forward and how to get out of this form.

"It's been open and honest; we've all agreed on the way to move forward. We need to do that now, rather than talk about it, and we've got 13 games left to make sure that happens.

"We've had a few different systems this season, but we've decided on a way which we think is going to bring us the most success. It's now up to us to put that into practice.

"When we play the way we want to, we're a good side. We have to go and prove that, regardless of who is selected to play."

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Having experienced the pain of relegation with the Canaries two years ago, Martin is adamant there won't be a repeat despite City's current struggles.

"It's a different group of players to last time, and a different management team," he explained.

"You learn a lot about people in tough times. Getting relegated then will still be with me in 20 years' time, and I don't want another one on my CV, none of the lads do.

"We're in the bottom three at the minute but we want to make sure we aren't there at the end of the season. We know what we need to do to get safe, and that's our goal.

"It's about getting above that line and staying there. Everything is clear; the goal, how we're going to do it and our purpose. We have to make it happen now, it's as simple as that."

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