Josh Martin reflects on Norwich City Premier League debut with pride
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Josh Martin has reflected on his Premier League debut for Norwich City with pride - and remains determined to help the Canaries stay in the top-flight this season.
The 18-year-old was a late substitute in City’s 3-0 defeat to Southampton in their first game behind closed doors and despite the result, Martin is still proud of his achievement of breaking into the professional game.
“Before the game, I was pretty comfortable and confident because it was no different to the friendly games we’d had, so I felt like I had a little bit of experience from those games, especially the Tottenham one,” he said.
“Coming onto the pitch, again it was a great experience but I wasn’t out of my comfort zone because it wasn’t like I was coming out in front of 30,000 people. It was what I’ve been used to for the last few weeks since we’ve been back.
“It was exciting to know that my family and friends were at home watching on the TV. They were telling me to be proud of myself after the game.”
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Martin has been named as an unused substitute on numerous occasions this season and burst onto the scene in the third round of the FA Youth Cup, netting an impressive hat-trick against Newcastle United’s youngsters.
The winger has been training with City’s first-team squad for a prolonged period of this season and the ex-Arsenal youngster is hoping to replicate the likes of Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons in nailing down a consistent starting berth under Daniel Farke.
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Speaking to the club’s official website, Martin reiterated the message delivered by the City boss that the first-team squad would continue to fight to achieve their ‘little miracle’.
“For this season, it’s quite simple. I want to play as many games as I can and help the team as much as I can. As a team, it’s about trying to stay up and work together.
“Next season, if we do get relegated, the same thing applies. We’ll want to get back into the Premier League, stay up and fight, looking at this season as a learning curve because we are quite a young squad.
“For a lot of the players, the boss said the other week, for 95 percent of us it’s our first season in the Premier League. Hopefully, we can go into next season more confident and with more experience.”