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22 November 2014

Captain calls for group responsibility

RUSSELL Martin believes Norwich City have to improve as a collective unit in order to get their Sky Bet Championship season back on track.

The Canaries dramatic 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at Carrow Road saw Neil Adams’ team fall eight points behind leaders Derby County, and after the game Martin told Norwich City TV: “It’s just a little bit too easy – that’s as a team.

“We need to stop it. It’s the little things, the little mistakes, which are costing us, but at least the goals came back today.

“We were really positive, and I thought at times the performance was really good. We need to take that into next week, and make sure we stop all the other stuff.”

The 28-year-old had seemed set for a memorable afternoon when he lashed home a stunning effort from distance as he reached a double-century of appearances for the Club to put City in front early in the second half after Jonny Howson had cancelled out Bruno’s opener.

However, the hosts were forced to settle for a point following a frenetic second half, and Martin admitted: “It’s unfortunate, as it would have been nice to score on my 200th appearance and win the game but unfortunately we didn’t.

“As soon as I hit it I thought it had a chance. I’m pleased with the goal but disappointed not to win the game.”

The Brighton-born defender is well aware of the Championship’s competitive nature, commenting: “The teams at the top of the league at the minute are maybe doing it a bit uglier, and maybe we need to that a little bit more.

“They play to get in front, then sit back and defend to make it hard for teams. Maybe we need to do that a little bit more, but we’re not going to sacrifice the way we want to play and dominate teams.

“We need to cut out the mistakes, and cut out the goals. If we do that we’ve got more than enough going forward to hurt teams, as you’ve seen today.”

Reading, Saturday November 29


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