Russell Martin aims for Manchester United performance to lead to Norwich City points at Crystal Palace

Russell Martin cuts a dejected figure following the full-time whistle at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Russell Martin cuts a dejected figure following the full-time whistle at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, December 29, 2013
1:47 PM

Russell Martin was his usual, honest self after Norwich City used an afternoon of real endeavour while taking on Manchester United to give their response to defeat against Fulham. Endeavour that should have earned points, but ultimately only drew plaudits.

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That may have been enough – but for Fulham’s own subsequent response to their Boxing Day success at Carrow Road: a 6-0 hammering at Hull. It all served to underline a festive period of missed opportunities for the Canaries.

“It is what it is – we had a game straight away to try to rectify that Fulham result but we couldn’t quite do it,” said Martin. “The performance level was a lot higher than the other day, but of course this is disappointing. Especially at home. We’ve got a good home record so to lose two at home on the bounce is frustrating for us and a strange feeling. We’re not used to that.

“The lads worked really hard to get a point at Sunderland and now people look at that and maybe think it wasn’t as valuable a point as it could be.

“I feel we deserved three points over the two games, but we did not get them so now we just move on.

“People can look back on these games and be frustrated, but if we can go and get three points at Palace (on New Year’s Day) then that will be massive for us, and it is up to us to do it.

“Anything can happen in this league and we will go into Wednesday on the back of this performance and move on. Forget about their goal – that was a real soft one; it was rubbish. But we will try to take positives, head into Palace and try to go get some points.”

A narrow defeat to Manchester United rarely comes with shame – although this United outfit was far from vintage in terms of quality on the pitch; absentees accepted.

However, such dogged resolve that repelled City’s advances was in keeping with the visitors’ finest knacks. While the hosts made chances – especially in the first half and some through Martin’s own guile – they could not get through.

“This is extremely difficult to take because if you analyse the game I don’t think they created too much, if anything at all really, and then the goal we have given away was very poor,” added Martin.

“We should have had a couple ourselves, and it has been a problem we have not quite got right yet – not scoring enough goals.

“We were desperate to go in front and I know we did the other day and didn’t really turn it on after that. But I really felt if we had done that today we could’ve had a couple before half-time.

“We knew they would have a good spell in the second half. Still, for a Manchester United team coming here they didn’t have what people would’ve expected.

“It tells a story when in the last 10 minutes they are taking the balls into the corners, so that shows you how well we have done today – but we haven’t come away with anything.”

Martin added: “This was a much better performance than on Boxing Day against Fulham, so that is a positive and if we can reach this level of performance more than we don’t, we’ll be all right,” said Martin. “And with this intensity at Palace on New Year’s Day, then can go there and get a result.

“It is vital against teams like Manchester United, when you do have spells on top then you need to get that goal. We just needed to be a bit more clinical in the final third. We actually created quite a bit in the end and it has not quite fallen for us.

“But it is something we know we have to sort out and put right, and hopefully it will come.

“All the games are massive – Wednesday included. It has been an interesting league so far, and there will probably be 10 teams in a relegation battle through to the end of the season.

“It will be up and down with teams changing places and we have just to make sure we stay above all that and we will be all right.”

15 comments

  • Frankly we have failed to turn up far too often this season. No good if we can only manage to raise our game once in a while against teams like Man U. That level of commitment should be seen every game - that is the very least fans should expect. It is a fact of course that goals win games and while we did play well against Man U we did not put away any one of our good chances. Palace will be in good spirits on NY Day and Pulis will have them well organised and fired up. If we play in the manner which has been more then norm than exception this season we will get beaten. This could well be a pivotal game and help shape and define our season. I just hope Hooper is kept on for the full 90 mins because at present he's the only player who seems likely to find the target, let alone a goal. But he needs support so he needs a man to play off him and the midfield must wake up and shape up.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • We've already beaten Palace this season. We are going to do it again. Fact.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Winning is not the only thing, City will often be beaten by better teams who have cost a fortune but it is the manner in which City try to overcome big odds and show how hard they tried and yesterday I thought for the first time in ages they were value for the fans money. Really enjoyed the game and the hard work that was put in by the whole team. Wes Hooly certainly made a great difference after watching Elmander run around in previous matches achieving nothing. More of the same please. Even a slight improvement in Snodgrass performance but still not up to speed he should have been subd. sooner.

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    goldie

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Agree LYB that City should be OK once injured players come back. Squad rotation then possible. The Canaries did not turn up against Fulham. A bit like West Brom in that crucial end of season game. West Ham should have won at Carrow Road but imploded and gave us three points. Our position in the table about right but it could be better. All to play for.

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    Capri

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • You'd know all about straw Blue Tractor, probably got a bit in your mouth right now.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • After the Fulham & Man U games, would the real Norwich City please stand up! In a few weeks we will all be asked to renew our Season tickets - at the moment, I cannot make my mind up whether to commit to another £1000+ for myself & the Mrs...plus the 400 mile round trip for each home game... or save my money. ......If it was just about watching a football match, (god forbid) I could always go to St Marys....But this is OUR NCFC!

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    Hants Canary

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • For as long as I can remember, Palace have been our bogey team, especially at Selhurst Park. They beat us, they go above us. Friends in the Croydon area, see this as their "home banker"!! I wonder what our manager will "rue", if that happens?? Lets just hope for another "Get Hughton out of jail" performance to start 2014 with!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • We could win, it depends whether the players can be bothered really. They usually bounce back from a lazy day with an improved performance then get back to the who cares mood. I wonder how other teams get their players fired up.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • A little surprised that we came up with no points from two home games during Christmas. Three points at Palace will help to get over that. It is quite frustrating to see that two wins will take us up to tenth in the table, but a couple of defeats will slide us down into the dog-fight. It is ridiculous with our squad of players that we should be in this position - we are a Top Ten PL Team - Come on City ! Lets get 2014 started as we mean to go on !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Here's to a 2014 not disrupted by injuries to key players at every turn. You can do it folks. If Howson is back, I think Fer needs to be rested. Poor bloke is starting to look exhausted.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • The phrase 'clutching at straws' springs to mind.

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    blue tractor

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Give up CH, just give up. Oh that's right you already have.

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    Panic

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • I wish I could share Martins optimism. Under Hughtons guidance the poor performances, illogical tactics and seriously bad results many supporters cannot see us winning this next game. The board will not part company with him so we are firmly entrenched in this current bad situation. An interesting point - if we lose at crystal palace they will go above us in the table.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • If Fer has to be rested (and if he does then it should have been for the Man U game), why not bring Whittaker in and put Martin in central midfield with Johnson?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • It'll be 39 over the hols if we can win on Wednesday, but against a renascent Palace it's a bigger if now. 09 or even 19 and surely ch gets the old heave-ho.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

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