Russell Martin admits Norwich City’s squad must prove their Premier League fighting spirit to the Canaries’ fans
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Norwich City club captain Russell Martin feels Chris Hughton’s squad have some making up to do with the fans.
City’s players opted to refund the admission cost for the 899 fans in attendance at last week’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea - a sixth consecutive loss on the road.
Martin insists Norwich’s players realise how much the football club means to the Norfolk public but they are desperate to put things right and boost their survival hopes ahead of Saturday’s Carrow Road clash against West Brom.
“Everyone who plays for the team lives in this city, it is not like at other clubs where you can travel and may be withdrawn from it,” he said. “You live it everyday, even walking to the shops, the lads bump into fans and people express their opinion, sometimes you might not agree with it, but that is what makes football great. You just don’t get that in many places, and we want to keep it like that. We just want to emphasis how good the fans have been for us, they have backed us home and away in what has been an up-and-down season.”
Martin knows beating the Baggies this weekend will top any financial gesture.
“The way we can repay their faith and support is by winning games to stay in this league,” he said. “Hopefully by the end of the season that gesture will be irrelevant because we will be where we want to be. Hopefully, we can move on now and everyone gets behind us to make sure we get three points against West Brom.
“It was just something brought up in conversation between the players. It has been done at other clubs before but it has come from us. We had a discussion on Monday and we were a bit embarrassed with the (Swansea) performance. It has happened too often now. It was a gesture, nothing cynical or under-hand. We need the fans for the next six games and hopefully people see it for what it is.
“It is a genuine gesture, not an apology, per se. We knew it wasn’t good enough and we’ll need them at Fulham and (Manchester) United. Once we had spoken as players I had to go and speak with the gaffer and he had to clear it with the board and the chief executive but felt it would be a good gesture. We were pleased they said okay. We can move on and get behind us. We can’t go and do it for every away performance but there has been too many of them.”