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27 February 2016

City skipper on late loss against Foxes

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin wants his side to use the 'hurt' felt from his side's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Leicester City on Saturday as motivation for the remainder of the season.

Alex Neil's men produced a determined defensive performance at the King Power Stadium, while also threatening themselves on several occasions.

However, their work was undone in the final minute when Leonardo Ulloa struck, and after the game Martin told Norwich City TV: "It hurts because we've done great for 89 minutes only to concede a soft goal.

"They've had a couple of shots from distance, but other than that they've not done much in the game. We've been comfortable and in control of things, generally creating the better chances.

"We've had a sucker-punch right at the end and we need to pick ourselves up. It's as simple as that, but this hurts as much as anything this season.

"We did our jobs until the end, then they score and that's what counts."

City adopted a 3-4-3 approach for the contest, with Martin settling into a sweeper role alongside Ryan Bennett and Timm Klose in central defence.

The 30-year-old believes such a formation largely matched up well with Leicester's, as he explained: "The shape worked really well for most of the game.

"We had good possession and created chances for ourselves. Towards the end we probably felt we could have nicked all three points, so now we have to go again when we play Chelsea.

"If we play like we did today in our last 11 games we'll be fine. We have to take those positives from this, even though it's frustrating to have lost the match.

"We've got a massive game on Tuesday against the reigning champions but we're right up for the fight. We believe in ourselves, and we have to continue that in our next game." 

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