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Russell Martin on a perfect day for Norwich City; Liam Bridcutt apologises to Sunderland supporters

18:32 23 March 2014

Russell Martin is confident Norwich City

Russell Martin is confident Norwich City's Carrow Road form is not in danger of drying up. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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It wasn’t lost on Norwich City club captain Russell Martin after the full-time whistle – Saturday was one of the good days. Results went their way, the performance on the pitch was far too hot for Sunderland to handle and the Carrow Road atmosphere drove their players on to success.

“It’s a massive win for us personally, that’s what it’s all about, and results have gone fairly well around us so we couldn’t have asked for a better day really,” he said.

“We’ve played extremely well. There are still a lot of games to go but for us, it’s about winning games and getting more points on the board.

“Getting over that 30-point mark was a big psychological barrier for us really, so it’s good to get over that, the boys are extremely happy and it gives us something to build on.”

Ah, the B-word. City have been here before numerous times. But better to have something to build on, than scratching around for positives.

Martin was even prepared to cut Alex Tettey some slack.

“I don’t think anyone in the ground expected his shot to go in the top corner – I was just about to have a go at him for not passing it square, but it’s an unbelievable strike and it will win our goal of the season hands down,” added Martin.

“Credit to him – he was brilliant today and the goal is just the icing on the cake for him.”

The game had meant just as much to Sunderland as Norwich before kick-off – but the afternoon was nothing short of a disaster for the Black Cats.

“It turned out to be tougher than we expected; it was one of those days for us, nothing went our way and Norwich were at us from the get-go,” said one-time reported City target Liam Bridcutt. “I’m sorry for the fans who made the trip to Norwich; it’s a long, long way from Sunderland and they deserved much more than that. We have to forget about this, move on and be ready for (a trip to) Liverpool on Wednesday.”

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