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8 April 2017

Canaries earn stunning win over Royals

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin dedicated Saturday's remarkable 7-1 Sky Bet Championship win over Reading at Carrow Road to the memory of Peter Oldfield.

Peter was a highly popular member of staff at the Club across several decades, performing various roles behind the scenes at home games before sadly passing away last month.

The Club paid their respects to him ahead of kick-off, before a scintillating first half display saw them knock six past the Royals inside the opening 41 minutes.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, Martin said: "We owed that to the fans, to ourselves, to Alan and to Pete Oldfield's family as well.

"I was away with Scotland when I heard the news but had been to see him in hospital before I went away. He was a big character around the place.

"A lot of the lads knew him and thought really highly of him and it was a fitting performance that we gave him because he was a great servant to the football club. I'm glad we had a performance like that.

"There's a few boys who have been here a long time and had known Pete a long time. People like that are what football clubs are built on really.

"He was a real pillar of the club and always positive. I'm just pleased we were able to do that for him today." 

The manner of the victory was in stark contrast to City's second half capitulation at Huddersfield Town earlier this week, something which Martin insists had to be the case.

"We spoke about it before the game and knew we needed a reaction from Wednesday," he added.

"The team was motivated to show that we're still fighting, we still want to win. To be fair, our home form this season has been pretty good.

"It's been our away form that's let us down; if we could replicate our home form we'd be up there. That's the frustrating thing, because that's what we're capable of.

"Reading are a good team who are going to be in the play-offs so we're pleased and hopefully it makes people feel a bit better about moving forward. We've got three home games and two away before the end of the season.

"We'll try to get as many points as we can to help people feel better about the football club." 

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