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5 April 2017

City captain on Huddersfield defeat

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin says his side's second half capitulation at Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night was reflective of their 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship campaign as a whole.

Having gone into the interval level, the Canaries looked to be in control following the restart only for three Huddersfield goals in quick succession to take the game well away from them.

That resulted in another comprehensive defeat on the road, and Martin told Norwich City TV: "If there were 15 minutes that summed up our season, that was it.

"It was a cagey first half and we did okay by dealing with what they had. We weren't great on the ball, then we did better in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

"We conceded one and we go under, as we have done far too often this season. Away from home we don't deal with setbacks and we're soft as a team.

"We go away from the gameplan we've worked on, which has worked until then, and get punished for it. It's happened far too often and it's embarrassing."

The latest in a line of disappointing away results arguably kills off any lingering hopes of an unlikely play-off push, and Martin added: "We haven't dealt well enough with expectation levels this year.

"I have to come out and speak, as captain, which someone has to. You're not scrutinised as much in the Championship as you are in the Premier League and as a group there's been a bit of apathy.

"Whether it's consciously or subconsciously, people relax. We're guilty of that this year, as a group, myself included. We can't paper over the cracks. Things need to change because the standards have dropped.

"We hid behind the manager for eight months. He's gone and not much has changed. It's embarrassing for our club."

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