Russell - We've proved a point with win over rivals
Chris Lakey Darel Russell says City proved a point by beating promotion rivals Huddersfield. The Canaries lost at Leeds and MK Dons, were hammered at home by Colchester and held at home by Charlton, with a 1-0 home win over Swindon their only success over a current top-six side.
Darel Russell says City proved a point by beating promotion rivals Huddersfield.
The Canaries lost at Leeds and MK Dons, were hammered at home by Colchester and held at home by Charlton, with a 1-0 home win over Swindon their only success over a current top-six side.
That all changed when they blew away Huddersfield on Saturday.
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"I think in a few boys' minds that was a big game that they really wanted to win to prove something and I think we went out there as a team, and we have been out there and we have proved that," said Russell.
"We had a little bit of an indifferent first half, but we turned the screw in the second half and showed what a team we are at home, and against a top side.
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"A few people have said we have not beaten any of the top six and I think they are as good as anything you are going to get in this division and we have gone out there and beaten them convincingly."
Russell's renaissance from his pre-season problems when his face didn't fit continue, and he left Carrow Road clutching the sponsor's reward for being named man of the match.
But while the champagne ended up in the Russell fridge, the midfielder, who is revelling in his role at the back of the diamond, insisted it represented more than an individual honour.
"It's nice to get a little bit of recognition," he said.
"It is a little bit difficult in the position, but we have been playing fantastic as a team.
"I don't think you can pick out individuals, we have got the front boys doing brilliantly, we have the back boys doing brilliantly, we are asking a lot of Adam (Drury) and Russell Martin to get forward from full-back positions and then you've got Doc (Gary Doherty) and Nelse (Michael Nelson) stopping the goals - and scoring goals in Doc's case.
"And we have Fraser Forster in the goal producing great saves - he kept us in the game early in the first half - and the rest of the midfield lads in there with me.
"We are all working hard as a team and that is the main thing.
"It is not about individuals so much, it is about working well as a team and when we do that I think we are a pretty tough team to beat."