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28 October 2016

Captain set to face boyhood favourites

SKIPPER Russell Martin is looking at the bigger picture as City prepare to visit his hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion this Saturday (3pm).

Since a run of seven victories out of eight Alex Neil's Canaries are winless in three, most recently exiting the EFL Cup on penalties at Leeds United on Tuesday.

Martin, who admits that he doesn't zone in on the detail of the Sky Bet Championship table at this stage of the campaign, thinks they are in decent shape to achieve their aims.

"I think we're doing fine. You want to be in the mix at this stage of the season, the league starts taking shape now really," he told the press at Colney on Friday.

"I still don't pay attention to it this early, if I'm honest, but we're sitting in a good position.

"We still haven't hit full stride yet, we're a bit frustrated that we haven't picked up a few more points at certain times as well but overall I think we can be fairly pleased with what we've done.

"Expectation levels have to be realistic. You're not going to go and beat everyone three or four nil every week, you have to earn the right to win in this game."

Martin - who played under Brighton boss Chris Hughton while the latter was City manager between 2012-14 - was released by the Seagulls as a youngster, and he added: "I supported them as a boy and I used to go.

"I'm looking forward to it. A lot of family and friends will be there, all sitting in the wrong end unfortunately! It will be a good day.

"He's a good man Chris, I've got a lot of time for him and I think most of the lads would say that in the dressing room.

"He's done a great job down there. Most of my pals are Brighton fans and they're extremely happy with what he's done, but at the end of the day it's a game of football and all of that goes out of the window."

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