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20 September 2015

Russell Martin reflects on his extraordinary day

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin heralded a perfect day after scoring in his side's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield – just hours after the birth of his third child.

The 29-year-old faced a race against time to make the match, but was named in Alex Neil's starting eleven after arriving at the stadium on Sunday afternoon.

His inclusion reaped dividends in the form of a second-half equaliser to cancel out Danny Ings' earlier strike, and speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Martin said: "It's been pretty hectic.

"I travelled up with the team yesterday knowing my wife was due at some point next week. She decided to have the baby early! I got a call around 8pm last night saying she'd gone into full labour.

"I drove back at 11pm, and got to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital around 3:30am this morning. They were superb as always, and she had a baby boy earlier today.

"We've not named him yet so we're in debate about that, but it's an amazing day. I was running on empty towards the end but to get the goal was very special.

"It's certainly something I’ll tell my little boy when he's older."

The defender, who now has three goals to his name this term, added: "I'm a very lucky man; there are more important things than football and I wanted to be there for the birth of my son.

"It would have hurt to miss the game, but family comes before everything. Fortunately, I've been able to do both and to score here is special.

"My uncle is a Liverpool fan so I was looking at him while celebrating. He was going mental with all the Norwich fans, which just shows what it means.

"Today couldn't have gone any better for me, although I'm hoping to get some sleep tonight!"

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