Martin hoping performances turn into points
NORWICH defender Russ Martin has said the team must move on from their narrow defeat to Manchester City quickly with a Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham United looming on New Year’s Day.
A thrilling game against the league champions at Carrow Road ended 4-3 in the visitor’s favour, but City showed great character to bounce back from 2-0 down and almost snatch something from the game.
With Sam Allardyce’s Hammers next up Martin, who scored twice against Man City, is hoping Norwich can take that level of performance to Upton Park and pick up their first points of 2013.
He told Canaries Player: “I guess it’s always nice to score but it’s meaningless because we’ve not won the game. We have to move on, and the next game against West Ham is a big one.
“If you look at the run of games we’ve had recently, it was always going to be tough. West Brom away – they’ve had a fantastic season, and the other two speak for themselves – Chelsea and Man City.
“We haven’t been battered in any of those games, we’ve always been in it and we feel we should have had something from each of them.
“The run we went on before that has enabled us to get a few points on the board, so nobody is panicking, and the performances are there.
“If you don’t get the performances and you’re getting turned over week in, week out then it changes, but our performances are there and we’ll get the result sooner or later.”
Martin was riled by the way City conceded goals against the champions, but the 4-3 result was a million miles away from the 6-1 defeat suffered in the corresponding fixture last season.
“It was some game, and probably some game to watch,” recalled Martin. “But ultimately it’s frustrating to come away with nothing after a performance like that where you’re pushing against the champions of England.
“We were pushing and pushing to get the goal, we got them on the back foot but unfortunately we didn’t get it.
“We’re disappointed with the goals that we’ve conceded but we’ve given them a hell of a game as we have done anyone that’s come here this season, and made Carrow Road a tough place to come.
“The last two games have been against two of the best teams in Europe let alone the country and we’ve come away with no points when we felt we should have had at least a couple.
“After the first two goals our thoughts were just to try and regain some composure as a team.
“We were angry and frustrated because that’s not like us at all. In the first 30 minutes of matches we’ve always been solid and that’s given us a base.
“Their early goals knocked the stuffing out of us but I think we showed great character and did brilliantly to get back into the game.
“Pilks [Anthony Pilkington] got a goal and it calmed down a little bit and the crowd were superb. With the forward players they’ve got they’re always going to pose a threat, and unfortunately that has been our undoing.
“They were goals that we know we could have prevented though, and that’s the disappointing thing. It shows how far we’ve come to be disappointed not get anything though.
“I’m happy to be back playing games now. My injury came at the wrong time with the run we were on, but the boys did superbly, although watching is hard because you just want to be out there. When the games come thick and fast that’s how you like it as footballers.”