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14 January 2017

Nelson Oliveira sent off as City lose out in South Yorkshire

NORWICH City captain Russell Martin felt his side 'threw it away' on Saturday as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

United's Jerry Yates struck first on seven minutes, before Alex Neil's men lost forward Nelson Oliveira to a red card following an altercation inside the Millers' penalty area.

City rallied to level early in the second half through Cameron Jerome, only for Tom Adeyemi to score the decisive goal soon after against his former club.

"It's a bad result," Martin told Norwich City TV after the game.

"We have to put it in perspective as well. We were down to ten men for 70 minutes but we didn't start well.

"It was a silly sending off and it's cost us, but Nelson's not solely to blame. We were 1-0 down at that point and still in it, then dominated the rest of the first half with ten men.

"In the second half we got back into it then went and conceded another one. That's just people not doing their jobs properly. We threw it away."

With Oliveira now set to be sidelined through suspension, Martin is fully aware of the impact further depleted options could have on City's attempts to rediscover a run of form.

"It's frustrating, and we lost another player through injury today in Jonny Howson," he added.

"That's disappointing because we need everyone to get us out of the situation. We have to make sure next week, at home in the league, we get back on track.

"We worked extremely hard and fought to the end but unfortunately it wasn't enough. Where we are, we've let ourselves down, we've let the manager down and we've let the football club down.

"With the quality we've got we should be higher than we are. We have to work hard this week to put things right."

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