Norwich City club captain Russell Martin urges the Canaries to ease the goalscoring burden

Norwich City defender Russell Martin has not scored for over a year. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City defender Russell Martin has not scored for over a year. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, March 13, 2014
9:17 AM

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.

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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.”

34 comments

  • It is not a very heavy burden at the moment. I wonder if this club has ever scored so few goals? It's six months since I scored Russ, but I am hoping for better news over the next few weeks ;-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • We are not scoring enough goals for two reasons. First and foremost the service to our strikers has been poor. Secondly, and as highlighted by the commentator on MOTD at the weekend, we don't commit enough players forward when we move the ball into the final third - and this at home against Stoke!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I would say cheer up to you lot BTW, Fulham, down. WBA look lost under Mel and in all sorts of trouble. Cardiff need miracles, there are 3 worse teams than you this season and Malky is already angleing fior the city Job next season. Surely Hoots gets sacked either way and you get Malky worst case short stay in the Champ, best case, less dross next season.

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    TrueBlue

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Funny isn't it: MoTD, Darren Eadie and many on this site and no doubt thousands of other fans can all see it. But Hughton can't. The simple truth is we don't get the ball across from the byline, we don't get up in numbers when we attack, Hughton won't play a creative midfielder who can bring the front men into play properly and we have too little all-round pace to worry opponents. Net result: we don't and won';t score goals and can't and won't win games other than scratching the odd 1-0 as much by luck as judgement. It is hardly conceivable that Hughton and his coaching team cannot see what is the blindingly obvious and has been all season. Given all this, I don't know how anyone can have any faith at all in Hughton - not the squad or the fans. Mind you the Board appear to be under some kind of hex or spell which appears to have them frozen in time!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Slight error their as Munich were only playing 10 outfield players and that should have read half a dozen but I am sure you also watched the game how it should be played.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • haha fair enough True Blue, having seen the greenun inundated with posts from so called canaries that I have never seen on these boards, and vice versa,I believe there could well be some cheekiness going on to stir up comments and web traffic from the people who run the sites...

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Usalyy, Blewtroos?? Is a `charcter` a burning ring of fire? I sniff mischief. Steady On is undead.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Russ follows on a week later after we beat Sunderland 1-0 with a Bassong header from a corner with the headline, Seb proves doubters wrong and we are fully behind Hughton. Unfortunatelt a week later we lose 3-0 due to another Seb blunder......repeat along these lines until end of season

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Swiss, in the `Lambo season`, we scored 52. Last season, 41. On track for 29 at current rate this season. We did concede 66 in the Lambo season but are heading toward 58 this time. Huge improvement, though, on last season`s 59 ;-) As long as we avoid further maulings from Liverpool, Chelsea and Ar$enal. Oh, and Fulham.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • The change in defence has been brilliant. We've gone from a team who couldn't score anything except a set piece but kept clean sheets, to a side who cant score at all now and cant seem to keep goals out either. Cant understand why people are on the managers back? ;)

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Idiocracy woulld be more correct, grammatically. In Dutch, it`s unpronounceable. Gek Plasterer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Or, subject to team selection, Foxtrot.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Does anyone have inside knowledge as to how Becchio responded to this article please?

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • So with the names put forward today for manager. We are calling for a man who has a problem with that stuff in barrels and lately in bottles. Or a copper in Yarmouth who failed miserably at Hereford. Incredible!!!!

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Couldn't have put it better myself, Malaga......so I won't even try.

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    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • At the end of last season, West Brom were pants and Man City were on holiday. That's why we scrambled into the lifeboat. However, credit where credit is due, Russ, you read the script given to you by the club very nicely. If your goal drought continues, there's job for you reading the sports news on "About Angular".

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    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • But to balance all that, Matt, we have the huge improvement in the defence..... TK, as well as Ray Wilkins, we could have Greg Downes, or `Gweg Daarns` as he prefers to be known, phonetically. He`s a dead ringer, voice-wise, for that old cor blimey smoothy on Stwictly Caarm Dorncin`, Len Goodman. He could teach our players how to use both feet, perhaps. Or do the pas de deux, which is Walloon for `two passes on the trot`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • These sort of articles are getting more frustrating than the woeful performances we continue to see more often than not. What indication have we seen that its drastically about to change and im talking drastically as little changes certainly wont change much. If we simply didnt have a squad capable of goals it be a different matter, 'oh sign a goalscorer problem solved, happy days' but its not. Whatever the more simply short minded people say, we have a squad who is capable of scoring far more than they have. My fingers still points in one direction to why are performances have stunk and why the goals have vanished.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Yes TK. I,ve been saying for ages its how you support the front man for ages. Our problem is while our full backs push forward the center backs dont because they dont have speed. Big gap between the lines is not good as you will know. Not suggesting Snodgrass is a Robben, but a winger playing on the wrong side. Also the diving gets to me, I hate it.

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Would be interested in seeing how the goals were spread around the team during the Lambo era. I've never seen the stats, but I always got the impression his German-influenced total football coaching approach resulted in almost anyone scoring. Under Hoots, the strikers have had very limited service, but equally haven't actually carved out many chances for themselves, so defenders + midfielders have had to weigh in out of necessity. RE: Martin's remarks I thought the rest of the team were already stepping up to the plate as best they could in front of goal ! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Likely the most positive way of looking at it. I do fear if we went down though we would become another Boro or another Ncfc of 1995 circa and be lost in the championship for many many moons. Very hard league to get out of.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Fear not Sharky, my comment on Del Boy was only to highlight the He Who Dares, Wins attitude that I feel our side needs to find or should I say our manager. I am not sure Brew was ever serious about Greg Downes either but was simply trying to suggest an odd double act. The fact of the matter however is,we desperately need to find an answer to the non goal scoring strikers. Having watched Munich take the AFC apart on Tuesday night it was interesting to see just how many players they got into the oppositions box at every opportunity, however as soon as they lost the ball they also had at least a dozen players back in their own box when needed. It boils down to fitness and willingness to run your sock off. More than once our two central defenders were caught up field against Stoke but simply strolled back rather than breaking a gut, and therein lies our problem right now.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Timbo - you make some good points. I think a lot of the strikers issues arise from limited service, much of which arises from playing wingers on the wrong feet. With a lot more crosses, there would be more goals and more strikers confidence to get even more goals. watching Man City last evening, their strikers and other players don't score every time and make some bad misses, but they have a lot more service to get some goalsgood attempts on goal. Our's have very few opportunities and our wingers etc. have more bad misses through cutting inside and attempting to shoot.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Oh Russ, I thought you were going to stay silent for this week and have let Bradley state the obvious. Looking forward to next weeks interview after our 2-0 defeat to Southampton, Club Captain Russ Martin says we must stop leaking silly goals.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Russell Martin says that others have got to take the pressure off the strikersby also scoring goals. If it wasn't for others scoring goals Norwich would be rock bottom, It's the strikers who should be scoring to take the pressure off the defence. We need the strikers to do what they are paid to do, & there is no excuse with the paltry number of goals scored from them so far.

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    Paul Mark

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • "IDOCRACY". Definitely my word of the day. Thanks, True Blue. Democracy: government by the people, plutocracy: government by many, autocracy: government by Sadam Hussein and Margaret Thatcher, idocracy: government by Chris Hughton.

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    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • cool story true blue, did you think all that up by yourself? wow... how did you have the time with such an exciting life that you lead?

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Hello Goss, it is in fact the story of R Steroo, I'm his ghost writer. TBH I just wanted to see if it would post on here coz the greenun keeps rejecting it (whilst allowing his libellous trip to go constanly go though) so I wonderd what would happen here and low, a post that might be seen as anti Norwich can be posted on the pinkun. I assume this is because they hope it will cause outtrage and encourage anger and more posts, meaning they can use it to point to traffic numbers when trying tio flog advertising. UIt was simply a reposte to his standard idocracy. I'm currentky working my notice (skiving) so I have a fair amount of time on my hands until I actually leave. I'm glad you enjoyed it though, all tongue in cheek at all. Anyone know who this Steroo charcter is, does he usalyy go by Ged?

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    TrueBlue

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Russell Martin says that others have got to take the pressure off the strikersby also scoring goals. If it wasn't for others scoring goals Norwich would be rock bottom, It's the strikers who should be scoring to take the pressure off the defence. We need the strikers to do what they are paid to do, & there is no excuse with the paltry number of goals scored from them so far.

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    Paul Mark

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Was it really necessary to make Wolfie share his solitary goal with Johan? `One goal between them`. It was Wolfie`s goal and his alone! Reduce the poor fellow to half a goal and the cost equivalent escalates to £17m per goal (exc wages). Though it does reduce Johan`s cost per goal from Infinity to an undefined amount. I don`t believe many fans `blame` the strikers. They know where the responsibility lies The manager`s team, the manager`s `tactics`, ergo the manager`s responsibility. Another carefully crafted smokescreen from the Carra Kremlin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Talk about restating the obvious, every fan in the country knows that the team need to be scoring more goals but after 18 months of trying the current management team have failed to find the solution. I suggest we bring in Ray Wilkins as he reminds me of Del Boy so should have the right attitude, He who dares, Wins.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Mr Martin you have more faith than me, hope you are right.

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    goldie

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Thanks, TK, the Gweg Daaarns comment was just a an attempt at keeping things light while still making a point. Irony usually rusts away in these parts. Corrode to ruin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Why won't this site accept more grammatical punctuation and symbols like slashes?

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

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