Second half performance encouraging for Martin
DEFENDER Russ Martin is hoping Norwich City can replicate their performance from the second half against West Ham when they travel to Peterborough United in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The former-Posh defender has now scored three times in two games after netting a late volley in City’s 2-1 New Year’s Day defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park.
A below-par first half display gave the Canaries a tough task to get back into the match, but an improved performance after the break almost yielded a point for City.
Martin added: “It’s now up to us to bounce back and Peterborough in the FA Cup is a nice rest bite from the Premier League and then Newcastle at home is a big game.
“Against West Ham, after the way we performed in the first half it was always going to be tough though.
“I think the last 20 minutes to half an hour we were pushing and could have got that second goal and got a result.
“We’re disappointed because that first half was just not us at all, we never got going, conceded a penalty, but we had to get on with things and we didn’t recover well enough and conceded a soft second goal.
“That gave us a mountain to climb especially with the crowd behind them and the way they play- they’re very physical and we didn’t match up to that in the first half, nowhere near good enough.
“Over the course of the season you get decisions for you and against you, and we feel that it maybe shouldn’t have been a penalty and it should have been a free kick on Alex Tettey, but it wasn’t.
“You have to come back from that and we didn’t do that anywhere near well enough but the second half we’ve had a right go and showed what we’re about on the ball.
“That was the disappointing thing in the first half, that we didn’t get on the ball enough or show enough composure and quality, which we know we’ve got and in abundance.
“We saw that in the second half it‘s just a shame it took us that time to get going.
“Bennett came in and did well against a winger like Matt Jarvis. We’re missing a couple of big players, but it’s one of those things you have to deal with, especially at this time of year when games come thick and fast.”