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15 August 2015

City skipper looking to build on Black Cats win

RUSSELL Martin heralded Norwich City's performance after helping his side to a 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The visitors dominated proceedings for long periods, and took all three points on Wearside to kick-start their 2015-16 campaign.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, the 29-year-old said: "It's very satisfying because of the way we went about imposing ourselves on the game.

"We got exactly what we deserved as some of our play at the front was scintilating. Last week we played well and didn't quite get the warranted result, but today we certainly have.

"There were a lot of good individual performances, and collectively as a team it's paid off. We've set a high standard now, with the three points giving us a great base to start from.

"The only frustrating thing, being a defender, is conceding late on. We won't let that take away from the performance though, and if we maintain that level we'll be more than fine."

City's captain set them on their way in the 26th minute by converting from close-range after Costel Pantilimon had palmed away Robbie Brady's shot, ahead of Steven Whittaker doubling the lead before half-time.

Victory was wrapped up when Nathan Redmond struck in the second half, and Martin added: "It's nice to get off the mark personally, even if I didn't know too much about it.

"We spoke about starting well, so it was an important goal which put them on the back foot. As a team we then went on to dominate for the majority of the match.

"The manager was on our case for defenders not scoring enough in the second half of last season. For two us to get goals today is great, and myself and Whitts [Steven Whittaker] are both really pleased.

"The most important thing is the three points though. We're off and running now."

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