We won’t lose our heads - Norwich City’s Russell Martin
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Russell Martin is convinced Norwich City’s squad will not get carried away by a Premier League club record 10-match unbeaten run.
Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton issued a fresh reality check after the latest league win over Wigan win pushed Norwich into the top eight ahead of a tough festive period which starts with this weekend’s trip to West Brom. Scottish international Martin insists those who matter most at Carrow Road will not buy into the growing hype.
“No, you just have to look at the dressing room we’ve got and where the lads have come from and we have too many characters who wouldn’t allow that to happen,” he said. “The likes of Holty, Moro, myself and Johnno, we’ve worked our way through the leagues and we know it can change so quickly in this league. We went on a couple of good runs last season, but at the same time it’s easy to go on a run where you don’t pick up the points you want. That’s the task you face in this league, playing against these teams and players and it can easily swing the other way.
“No, no one will get carried away at all. We’re full of confidence, which is a great thing, we’re not afraid of going out and playing anyone but we know that at the same time the work ethic needs to stay the same, because as soon as that drops you can find yourself in trouble.”
Martin revealed confidence is sky high since since a memorable Premier League win over Arsenal back in late October triggered City’s unbeaten surge.
“You can’t replicate the confidence you get from winning games and going on a run like we’ve been on,” he said.
“It’s hard to instil that into a team that is struggling, to go out there, but at the minute, the fact is we have 20-odd players, probably two teams you could put out at the minute of lads you feel, if we got a couple of injuries, you wouldn’t notice the difference.
“The togetherness and the way the boys have played, and the lads all believe in the way we play, makes a massive difference.
“The results we’ve picked up against teams like Arsenal, Manchester United, away to Swansea and playing the way we did, you go out on the pitch with real confidence and let’s go and play the way we have and we stand a chance against anyone.”
Martin never doubted Hughton’s squad had the capacity to recover from early season adversity.
“It was always going to come together, it was just when it would happen because we weren’t playing terribly,” he said.
“We were on the end of a few bad results, we all know that, but it was there in bits and pieces and it was just about bringing a performance into one and putting it all together. Since we’ve done that, every game we’ve been in – even the games we haven’t won and some we lost before that – we’ve been in every single game.”