Norwich City club captain Russell Martin urges the Canaries to ease the goalscoring burden
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Russell Martin admits it is time for the rest of the Canaries’ squad to take the goalscoring burden off Norwich City’s under-pressure strikeforce.
Gary Hooper leads the way with five Premier League goals while Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander have scored one between them but Scottish international Martin knows City’s paltry total is a reflection on Chris Hughton’s entire squad.
“It has been over a year since I scored and that is something I am really disappointed with,” he said. “I have had to stay back for most of the set pieces and stuff this year but I still should have nicked a couple from open play and that is something I want to rectify before the end of the season. I am genuinely disappointed not to have a couple of goals by now. That is the same for a few people I am sure. Seb (Bassong) would tell you the same, he usually gets a few. Hows (Jonny Howson) will bring us a little bit more of an attacking dimension and a threat because he has goals in him. Snods (Robert Snodgrass) has produced a few of late but he would feel the same. As a team you can talk all day long about the strikers, but regardless where it comes from we need to score a few more goals and hopefully we will before the end of the season.”
Martin was part of a Norwich dressing room which survived 12 months ago and the defender is not underestimating the value of that experience this time around.
“It counts for a lot. I definitely feel that,” he said. “It was a bit later on last season when we needed to produce against West Brom and then maybe mathematically we were safe but even so the Manchester City result was the best we had played all season. It has been the same this season when people have asked a few questions. It is in there but it is about bringing it out and doing it over a consistent basis when it matters most, particularly this month when we play the teams around us because that will make a big difference. We can only control what is in our power. There has been a real focus the last few weeks. I have felt it around the training ground that we will get that.”