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Norwich Captain Speaks Like All Footballers Should After An Embarrassing Defeat

Norwich Captain Speaks Like All Footballers Should After An Embarrassing Defeat
By PJ Browne Updated

Speaking to the media after Norwich's 5-0 loss to promotion rivals Brighton on Saturday, you could tell that Russell Martin had a seething anger regarding the defeat just boiling under the surface.

Brighton took a 1-0 lead early in the game through Glenn Murray. The score remained 1-0 until the 60th minute. Norwich would capitulate in the final 30 minutes, conceding a further four goals.

It was the club's second consecutive defeat in the Championship after a surprise 1-0 loss at home to Preston the previous week.

The Norwich captain's answer to the opening question immediately established how he felt about the loss. It might be of little consolation to Norwich fans right now, but at least it's clear that their captain cares.

Not to this degree, we haven't been here. It's rubbish. It's the worst one yet. Simply answer. I can't give you any more than that.

The centre-back said that the heaviness of the defeat was a result of too many Norwich players simply giving up.

We gave up. Too many lads gave up. It's as simple as that.

We need to take an honest look at ourselves. We keep getting told we're Premier League players and all that. It counts for nothing if you can't fight and you can't win a battle. We didn't win a battle all over the pitch.

First half we were OK. They didn't have much. To capitulate like that in the second half, it's humiliating and if it doesn't hurt people enough then they need to take a look at themselves.

He added that if players do not feel downing tools and allowing such a heavy defeat is unacceptable, then they should not be professional footballers.


It's more than alarming. It's embarrassing. It shouldn't happen at any level of professional football, especially this one with the players that we've got and the squad that we've got.

You're chasing a goal and you're going to be open but after that, if you're going to be losing, as a team you need to decide we're not going to win this game and there's a way to go down and a way to lose and that's not it. That's not acceptable - for us, for the fans that came down, for the football club as a whole and for individual players.

If you don't feel that way, you're in the wrong business.

Russell Martin interview after 5-0 loss to Brighton


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