Russell Martin admitted Norwich City’s squad was hurt and embarrassed after they found themselves on the wrong side of FA Cup history.

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Russell Martin and Grant Holt battle for the ball late on against Luton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesRussell Martin and Grant Holt battle for the ball late on against Luton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Conference promotion hopefuls Luton Town became the first non-league side to beat Premier League opposition in the competition at Carrow Road on Saturday, as well as the first to do it on a top-flight side’s own patch since Altrincham beat Birmingham in 1986.

Scott Rendell’s late breakaway goal booked the Hatters’ home fifth round tie with Millwall – but more pertinently, inflicted one of the most humiliating days in the Canaries’ history.

“I’ve been in their shoes, Luton, and credit to them and all that, and yes they stuck to their game plan and did it well,” said a visibly shaken Martin. “But for us, we should be better than that.

“We expect to beat teams who come here, any team that comes here, especially one from the Conference.

“They can come here with no pressure and all that, but it is up to us to work hard and show qualities to break them down and we’ve created a few chances, but we have not converted them and we have been punished.

“The way we have been beaten the last two weeks, it hurts. It’s embarrassing really. It felt like that last week and it’s probably a little bit worse this week because you are at home in front of our own fans and it is a place where we are usually strong and we like playing.

“There were a lot of changes and you can make excuses all day long, but the bottom line is we were not good enough. We didn’t create enough, didn’t show enough quality. The will to work was there as it always is from this team – we don’t expect anything less. But yes, there was the lack of quality today.

“We should’ve at least kept a clean sheet. They only had one clear-cut chance and took it and we haven’t taken our chances, and you can say they deserve to win it.”

A much-changed Norwich side unsurprisingly had the best chances and were arguably short on luck, hitting the post and seeing convincing last-minute shouts for a penalty waved away – while post-match analysis showed Leon Barnett’s close-range ricochet may have crossed the line. But driven on by a terrific following of 4,000 fans, it was meant to be Luton’s day – something their bravery and endeavour more than merited.

And that will only heighten the inquests at Carrow Road, with City’s FA Cup exit added to a run of six Premier League games without a win and the previous hammering at Liverpool.

“He (Chris Hughton) is obviously very unhappy, as are the boys, and it’s up to us now,” added Martin. “We had a similar stage of the season earlier and we went on a great run, and it is up to us to turn it round like we did last time.

“Our character has never been in question from any of the players in this club so we’ll show that, and it’s not like we are lingering at the bottom of the table. We’ve got a seven point cushion. Yes, other teams have gone on a good run, but it is in our hands and that is the only positive at the moment.”

43 comments

  • One holding midfield player allowing Hoolahan to the the player to send the passes through to TWO strikers operating in partnership. Sort of a bit like it was last year...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Ceefax now reporting NCFC in again for hooper at £7m, but was interested to see the figure of £4.5m as the current -improved offer. So what happened to the original £5m offer. Confused. com. And three million for Mackie from QPR ! I know I invited silly transfer suggestions but really

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Brilliant to here Russ Martin stick his head above the parrapit and admit what was obvious from yesterday. However, I think we had the class............................... but zero commitment. It does not matter whether you play in a training session, play over the park, or against Man UTD you always play the game with realism and that it is with commitment to win and with commitment added to class you should come out on top!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • To be fair we weren't that good when we beat Peterborough. They were terrible, hardly attacked and we still struggled to break them down.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Well done Martin?? I dont think so!...It was his slack marking and lack of tackling ability that lead to the goal..Cant remember the last time he made a tackle..stands off wingers and lets them get a cross in every time..look at the goals we have conceded over the past year or 2 they have all developed from his side of the pitch. No sympathy here

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    AC Canary

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Personally, I think Hoots has lost the dressing room and the respect of the players. However good or bad you are, if you get the right motivation from the managers, you play your socks off!! How many times have I heard our lads saying "we are going to put this right" and the very next game they are worse than ever. Getting rid of Hoots isn't an option at the moment. So then, let the fans be their motivation. After all, it is the fans plus tv rights that pay their wages; the least they can do is play their socks off for them (the fans that is)! I hope we dump Spurs, sign Hooper, Wolfswinkel and \or Becchio, Mackie and Graham, then slowly climb further up the table. And we can do it if they put their minds to it. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • ivan, it`s about time the players were 100% behind the fans. Fans pay a small portion of their wages using a large portion of their own earnings. In return, the players give as little as they can get away with. If football takes the p**s out of fans any more, they`ll all be dehydrated.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • Credit it to Russell Martin.He discovers Canaries can have sharp claws.Actions,though count more than any words.Players should do their talking on the pitch.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • The guy Rusell Martin is the only one to still come over to the fans in the face of adversityThe feller is a REAL leader and a fans favourite . He was at a charity weekend mid-summer and showed fantastic humility. If we had 11 players with his attitude towards our cause then we will be OK!!!! OTBC

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    ivan sadd

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • While I am totally dismayed at the limp way we were removed from the FA Cup, this and the other results clearly demonstrates the arrogance and disregard of PL clubs towards both their opposition and the competition. I think I am right in saying that not one of the beaten PL teams played their 'Number One' goalkeepers and all gave a run out to squad players. They have 'reaped what they have sown'. Given the recent results of NC, I think that CH should have played a full strength team on Saturday in order to get our form back to the level of seven games ago. It was the same situation with the League Cup, when a strong team could have secured us a semi-final with Bradford. In the FA Cup, a strong team should have seen us facing Millwall for a place in the quarter finals. I, for one, sincerely hope that lessons have been learnt - the fans have been seriously let down and deserve much better. On the positive side, we are still in 13th place, now please go out on Wednesday, restore some pride and give a similarly arrogant Spurs a bl**dy good trouncing!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • All supporters should boycott the premier league and SKY next year until wage caps are introduced

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • NorthStarRaven makes a good point. I've said many a time that its not just an additional striker we need but greater creativity coming from our midfield. The main reason why Holts account is only just in the black is because of the poor service he receives from Snodgrass, Hoolihan, Pilkington etc. What we need is someone who can split defences with clever balls to the feet of Holt.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Make that TWO top posts, Victor!

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    jigs69

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • The guy Rusell Martin is the only one to still come over to the fans in the face of adversityThe feller is a REAL leader and a fans favourite . He was at a charity weekend mid-summer and showed fantastic humility. If we had 11 players with his attitude towards our cause then we will be OK!!!! OTBC

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    ivan sadd

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • As a fan, It hurts and its a sad time, we deserve a ribbing from other fans on this one, the team have very much let us down. We could have fielded the U21 team and probably had a better result. The wheels have fallen off, so we need to buy some new tyres bolt them on tight and find some traction.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • Well said Mellow Yellow but you forgot to mention players running off the ball and making themselves available.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I know Harry Houdini Redknapp agrees with me even if u lot dont

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Amazing! We have picked up just one point out of the last eighteen possible points, and Russell Martin talks about our 7 point cushion! Come on Russell, get real, the inept attitude of the players is sending us on a free-fall to disaster... Don't you guys practice scoring goals or is it all about defence? Attack is the best form of defence!

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • All of us at some time have found that overconfidence can lead to a lethargic mental attitude,the fact that our players cannot recognise the symptoms before it is too late, is shocking.Clearly the players have the abilty.Maybe some classroom training courses in 'positive thinking' is the key.

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    Jonas

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • When are we going to get some form of explanation about Saturdays debacle and whatever is going on at Carrow Road from the board, the chief executive or the management team. We can forget about new players this transfer window with our board refusing to pay big transfer fees or wages. I wonder when our inspirational manager is going to tell us what a great club Tottenham are, what quality players they have and how difficult the game is going to be on Wednesday. Come on Argent get a reporter down to Carrow Road and put someone on the spot to provide some answers. The fans deserve an apology if nothing else.

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    VictorM

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • While I applaud Russell Martin for speaking up and his honesty, I can't agree with him about the level of commitment. That for me is something that has been missing for some weeks. But we are also are failing in basics like passing the ball to a yellow shirt and Hughton's tactics are wrong. We need to drive forward in numbers when we have the ball, work it quickly and get men into the box and running off the ball into space and into scoring positions. No good having one man up front. Doesn't work unless you have the likes of Stevie Gerard to push up with pace and power and support the front man. As for bringing in new faces, yes that is a necessity. However we are getting close to the cut-off deadline and could be pushed into panic buys that will provide nothing much better. We have wasted too much time chasing Celtic shadows and dreams! Meanwhile Newcastle have been to France and probably picked up some good players at sensible prices - aka Swansea with their Spanish trio. Where is our fabled scouting system?! Having said all this, the fans must get behind the team on Wednesday night and next Sat.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Mad brewer don't read just the last post from me! I 've just spent since yesterday ripping the S**T out of overpaid (All), overwieght (Holt), under committed (Garrido), talentless (R. Bennett), gutless, ( A.Surman) out of his depth (Barnett) players that have set me up for a C**P weak. Rest assured though I will be there Weds against Spurs and now we should get behind the overpaid, overweight.......................OTBC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • We know that these overpaid prima-donna's get win bonuses amounting to ££££'s. Isn't it about time football clubs started introducing "losing fines" Each player should be docked a weeks wages when losing to minor sides like Luton. The same goes for the manager, I'm sure Hoots would have stopped putting out such a second-rate team. Congrats to Luton, well deserved.

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    jeffy

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Top post, Victor. Hughton gets his excuses in at the pre-match pressers by bigging up the opposition - even Luton! His negative formations will see us relegated and it's about time the players put as much effort and commitment into their football as they put into their greyhounds and twitter. Someone at the top needs to have a word. What makes it worse is that we currently a bigger laughing stock than Villa.

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    jigs69

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Credit to Martin for at least being open and stating the case. As far as win bonuses, well this is a malaise of society as a whole, whether you like it or not!! CH has found, as several other PL managers have found this weekend, his back-up troops are not good enough. It's not about picking your Number One side, these players should be good enough to step in. It proves if Bassong, Turner, Snodgrass, etc get injured we are in the s**t ( so they cannot be risked in these cup games ). This squad needs some good pruning and fresh blood brought in, let's not go back to the good old Chase days where relegation was the goal rather than spending money!! OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Hughton has an interview on Sky Sports site . He is working hard to bring in a new striker but he has got to work round high transfer fees and wages. He has also said Norwich were the better side on Saturday - Mr.Hughton, the team in football who scores more goals than the other wins the game and is deemed the better team, and it is not acceptable to be second best as often as we are!

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    VictorM

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • ...I give up!.. Icould be signing for City soon!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • We are Norwich fans and are 100% behind you. The FA cup means nothing? We will support you through thick and thin and this is as thin as is gets. Don't undo the good things in the last 3 seasons. Lets's take this on the chin collectively and get something against Spurs on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OTBC!

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    ivan sadd

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • This game had upset written all over it - especially when the City line up was announced. Too many changes, and those that were drafted in were simply not good enough. Ryan Bennet, Barnet and Howson in particular were dreadfull and I hope I do not see any of them play first team football again for Norwich. Aside, this was another game at home where we allowed the opposition to impose their game plan upon us - surely its supposed to be the other way around??? Far too much complacency and arrogance after beating Peterborough 3 - 0.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • AC Canary, watch the goal played back again. Bennett should have shifted across to close the ball down. Started to shift across but changed his mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If he closed it down the Luton player doesn't cross the ball! Simple really!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Well said Mellow Yellow, the cause of that problem is playing 2 holding midfield players instead of the one most teams play. That is either covering up their deficiencies or the defence, any suggestions where the weakness is?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Get used to it guy's----it's the Championship next season & guess what---i don't think any of our player's will leave the club and return to play in the Prem;---NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

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    superfan59

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • As Brewer didn't mention this (shock horror!), it's Altrincham, not Altringham. CFax says we're back in at £7m for Hooper and in at £3m for Jamie Mackie. Meanwhile, Paddy Divot is still in bed.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • MBA Marine, maybe Holt would be able to wind the clock back and.........................sell some new tyres........................................bolt them on tight .......................................you know the rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • While I agree ALL players are over paid. What player is going to sign a contract with the posts on here. Its hard enough to get them here anyway. We have to play like the underdogs all the time even against Luton. Its all about attitude.My anger not gone yet :-(

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    sharky

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • PS And if the team needs two holding midfield players to protect the defence, then we need a new defence...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Doubly ethered.Talk to you another time, ivan sadd & el dingo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • The fact is that the players are way overpaid. The sooner we introduce wage caps and bonus caps the better. I don't care if all the foreign players go to bankrupt Italy or Spain at least we might develop a decent England team again

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • We need to hear from CH. His silence is ominous.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • The guy Rusell Martin is the only one to still come over to the fans in the face of adversityThe feller is a REAL leader and a fans favourite . He was at a charity weekend mid-summer and showed fantastic humility. If we had 11 players with his attitude towards our cause then we will be OK!!!! OTBC

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    ivan sadd

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Well let's hope Paddy stays there el dingo. It's where Ged and Rob should have both be put to a while back as it's all wearing a bit thin now to be honest.

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    Graham Last

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • The Luton game was gut wrenchingly dismal and disappointing. We needed more guile to break down a 10 man defence. Another class central defender would not go amiss. I know I am stating the obvious but we are not scoring enough goals in games. We need a class striker to go up with Holt, if we are to survive, let alone do well in the Prem. Also we need a midfield to service the two frontmen and to change our pattern of play from time to time. The 4-5-1 formation is becoming too tired and other teams have sussed us out. We need to change and to be more creative and play as a team otherwise we are doomed.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Fair shout, Ivan. ;-) el dingo, who miss-spelt "Altrincham"? Was it the EDP, if so they`ve retro-corrected it. I`ve stopped correcting spelling mistakes, mainly `cos people think I`m being pedantic (and criticism hurts me so much) but also it means I dont hav too bother speling propperley eether enny mor. I saw the Beeb Cfax this morning too. Says we`ve only bid £7mill for Hooper, Hoops are hooping for £8m. Our last bid allegedly £4.5m. Jamie Mackie is a winger. We already have 3 wingers - but we don`t use them on the wing. (Ref Pa Snipps Chevron Theory). I see Dickov`s job at Oldham is under threat - and they just beat Liverpool! Mind you, they`ve had a dismal League run; lost 7 of the last 8. Whereas we`ve only lost 5 of the last 6.... and counting (down)?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 28, 2013

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