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RUSSELL MARTIN: WE'LL PICK OURSELVES UP

17 April 2015

Defender in reflective mood after Middlesbrough loss

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin outlined the need to move on after his side were beaten 1-0 by Middlesbrough at Carrow Road on Friday evening.

The visitors secured victory early on, with Alex Tettey inadvertently flicking into his own net from a corner with eight minutes played.

Defeat saw Alex Neil's team lose ground in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race, and after the game Martin told Norwich City TV: "We have to pick ourselves up and win our last two matches.

"There's plenty of belief in the dressing room that we'll still do it, whether it's the hard way or not. All the focus is on looking ahead, and we'll see what happens.

"It's not a foregone conclusion, but we're really disappointed. We've got to dust ourselves off better than anyone else."

The 29-year-old was adamant City deserved more from the contest however, commenting: "After the first ten minutes we dominated, and didn't get the goal we probably deserved.

"It was a poor start, when we didn't deal with the way they played well enough. The game was perfect for them; if they score first they're hard to break down.

"If we'd scored first it would have been a totally different game, but we didn't. After the initial setback we showed character, and the lads have given everything.

"We have to go on a little run again now. The results under the gaffer have been brilliant, and we have to carry that on."

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