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10 September 2016

Skipper returns as City see off Cardiff

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin says his side must build on Saturday's 3-2 Sky Bet Championship victory over Cardiff City at Carrow Road.

Cameron Jerome's strike gave the Canaries a half-time lead, before Martin's header glanced off Jonny Howson and into the net to double the advantage just before the hour-mark.

Former City winger Anthony Pilkington struck a late brace either side of a fine finish from Josh Murphy, with Alex Neil's men doing enough to take an important three points.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Martin said: "It's a winning dressing room and hopefully we can now roll on and get going.

"The two goals we conceded were soft but we probably should have been out of sight by then. At 2-0 up we were comfortable and we should have got a clean sheet.

"That's the frustrating thing, but we'll look at the positives. A win is a win and it's a good three points after our last result so we need to kick on from here.

"You have to see games out and at the end of the day we got the job done."

Martin returned to the starting line-up for the first time in the league this season, having had to be patient due to a back injury ruling him out of City's entire warm-up schedule.

He looked to have added to his strike in the EFL Cup win over Coventry with a further goal against the Bluebirds, but afterwards admitted credit should be diverted elsewhere.

"I'd like to say I scored today but I can't unfortunately," the 30-year-old laughed.

"I've done all the hard work but it's touched Jonny on the way in; we've talked about it and it's his goal. I couldn't care less who scored really, I'm just pleased it went in.

"I've been desperate to get a chance in the team but I respect that I missed the whole of pre-season. To be back is really pleasing because I've worked extremely hard to get fit.

"We've got a point to prove as a group. We want to get the club back to where it belongs."

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