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Russell Martin - Chris Hughton has the full backing of Norwich City squad

07:00 02 March 2014

Norwich City defender Russell Martin will relish the challenge of his old room mate Grant Holt in Sunday

Norwich City defender Russell Martin will relish the challenge of his old room mate Grant Holt in Sunday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City club captain Russell Martin insists the squad is squarely behind Chris Hughton.

The Scottish international knows Hughton’s own position at Carrow Road has been a routine topic during a frustrating season but Martin believes that comes with the territory in modern football.

“The responsibility doesn’t just lie solely with the manager. He prepares us extremely well as players, he gives us a lot of trust and respect and it is up to us go out there and put in performances,” he said. “He lets us share our opinions when it is going well and not so well and we enjoy coming into training.

“That is very important. People talk about pressure on managers but it is not just Norwich, it is every club in the Football League when you have a couple of poor results. It is a hard job, you are under scrutiny all the time but he manages to keep calm and if he is under pressure then he doesn’t show it.

“As players we tend to cut ourselves off from all of it. If you focus on that it can drive you crazy but we know by performing we can make it easier on the gaffer and ease the pressure he is put under.”

Norwich head to Aston Villa this weekend looking to build on a stirring Premier League win over Tottenham and Martin accepts Hughton and his players will be back in the firing line if they fail to perform.

“Beating Spurs probably doesn’t stop the pressure and speculation if we don’t go and get a result at Aston Villa,” he said. “I’m sure it all will be spoken about again but I think what it shows, and what we have done in a few big games this season, is that when the pressure was really on that has brought the best out of us. We spoke about it in the dressing room after the (Tottenham) game and there is nothing better than going back into a winning dressing room. We went out there and put in a performance against Tottenham and if we keep doing that then we’ll be okay.”

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  • He's right beating Spurs means nothing now. They were bad on the day. We need to pick up results on the road and need to get something against Villa. 3 points would be massive but I can't see us doing that. PL knows our weaknesses and Martin at right back is one of them. I can't see us beating all of Stoke, West Brom and Sunderland at home so we need to get a couple of wins away from home. We need 10 points from the next 7 games. Lets hope Swansea beat Palace today as they have a game in hand.

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    Oz Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Hmmm, same old faces brought out to read the party line. How about you bring out Becchio and Wes and ask them if they give CH their full backing ???

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    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Start scoring goals and winning back to back wins then !

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

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