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11 March 2017

City draw in first game following departure of Alex Neil

RUSSELL MARTIN praised Norwich City's resilience after they played well over an hour with ten men to earn a 2-2 Sky Bet Championship draw with Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Canaries went in front on 19 minutes through Cameron Jerome, only for Mitchell Dijks to be shown a straight red soon after for a poor challenge on Rovers' Marvin Emnes.

A second half brace from Lucas Joao turned the game on its end, before Jerome struck again via a deflection to ensure a share of the spoils.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Martin said: "It was extremely difficult but today was about showing people we still care and want to fight for the club.

"It's hard when you're down to ten men for such a long time. They've had two shots on target and scored two, that's frustrating as it's the story of our season. 


"We dug in, were resilient and worked extremely hard. We showed a togetherness and to come away with a point when you're down to ten for so long is a credit to the boys.

"If it stays 11 versus 11 it's a totally different game, but it wasn't to be. The lads' reaction to what went on and to the occasion of the day, although we haven't won, was good. We need to carry on from here."

Going into the match less than 24 hours after the departure of Alex Neil as boss, the Canaries' captain added: "These things always come as a surprise and there's never a good time.

"It's happened and we have to deal with it as professionals. That was the main message from myself and Alan [Irvine] because we had to answer some of those questions.

"I'd like to think the lads have done that with their attitude on the pitch. It's a privilege to play for this football club and players will have to show they want to be here for a new manager.

"It's been a year of transition and it's going to be a summer of transition. The lads have to show they want to be part of that."

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