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Norwich City will need to shake off Liverpool drubbing quickly, says Russell Martin

PUBLISHED: 18:24 30 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:17 01 October 2012

Luis Suarez is beaten in the air by Norwich City full-back Russell Martin at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Luis Suarez is beaten in the air by Norwich City full-back Russell Martin at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Russell Martin admitted the “real” Norwich City went missing on Saturday as a purring Liverpool handed them their second Premier League hiding of the season.

Russell Martin admitted the “real” Norwich City went missing on Saturday as a purring Liverpool handed them their second Premier League hiding of the season.

Uruguayan star Luis Suarez showed his liking to Carrow Road once again to match the hat-trick he scored at City last season, while first goals of the campaign for Steve Morison and substitute Grant Holt were little more than consolations.

“The real Norwich is what you’ve seen in the last three or four weeks, not here and not on the first day (at Fulham), that’s for sure – we have shown that in the last three years,” said Martin.

“We could’ve had nine or 10 points in the last four games. We haven’t, but we know what we’ve got in that dressing room and we know that the work ethic and the ethos in that dressing room that’s got us to where we are now remains the same.

“The management staff have come in and been great, and we were on the end of a few hidings last year.

“That is going to happen in this league, but that should be us out of the way now – because we can’t afford to be like that again.

“The performances have been there and that’s what is disappointing.

“I didn’t see it coming. None of us did, because we’ve deserved a lot more in the last few weeks and today we got what we deserved, which was nothing.

“But it comes from the start – as soon as you start like that, you’re chasing the game. We’ve been in every single game the last four or five weeks and that’s what is frustrating about today. That wasn’t us at all.”

Martin admitted City will have to wipe their hiding from their minds quickly – but still has full faith the Canaries will retain their Premier League status come the end of the season.

“I think as professional football players you have to wipe these things from your mind,” said Martin. “It’s done. I’m sure we will have a video nasty about it on Monday and talk about what went wrong, but it’s like with the good games – you never get too hung up on the good games and you’ve got to treat the bad games exactly the same as those.

“We drew 3-3 at Arsenal last year, and the next day it’s gone. So we’ll have a meeting about it, Tuesday will be a work day and then crack on looking forward to the next game.”

Much like the fixture last season, Luis Suarez was the difference – a second hat-trick in successive visits proving the point.

“He’s one of the world’s best players – all the other stuff that comes with him, if you ignore all that then he’s a superb player and he proved that today,” said Martin.

“People say about taking chances and sometimes he doesn’t score as many as he should, but today we seemed to be on the end of one of his good days.

“And that’s the frustrating thing. You can’t afford to give players like Steven Gerrard and Suarez time to put it in the back of the net.

“We’ve gifted them two goals and then it becomes a battle to try and get back into the game – and you’ve seen the final score and that’s what becomes of it.

“We are deflated really. None of us saw that coming.”

Things won’t get any easier for City over the coming weeks either, as they continue to look for their opening top-flight victory of the season.

But Martin is confident no one in a yellow shirt will go hiding.

“You shouldn’t have to get yourself up for any of these games – you go to these places and they come here and you should be up for all of it,” added the City full-back.

“We knew how tough it was going to be this year. You lose that surprise element a little bit.

“But what you’ve got in there is a group of lads and a management team who will all work together and have done for the last three years.

“Obviously a new manager has come in but the ethos and the work ethic of the group hasn’t changed at all. That is what will pull us through and I’m 100pc confident we will be fine. You don’t become a bad team overnight – it’s as simple as that, despite what people say. We know what we’ve got in that dressing room, and we’re sure it will be enough.”

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