Norwich skipper Russell Martin has insisted that his side can beat the drop from the Barclays Premier League this season.
Martin, who became City’s record Premier League appearance holder after the weekend’s draw with Manchester City, believes that Norwich do what have it takes to stay up and that they can repeat what Leicester and Sunderland have done in the past few seasons.
Look at the last few games and they have been as tight as any we have played and we have just fallen the wrong side of the result. We just need a spark. Teams like Newcastle below us and Sunderland just above us have not been on great runs either and no-one has quite got onto a run like Leicester or even Sunderland a season before that. It is up to one of the three to go on a run like that and I genuinely believe we can do that.
Leicester were in a similar position than Norwich were last season, with the Foxes winning only once in 2015, before a late surge saw Nigel Pearson’s team win six of their last eight games, meaning that Leicester avoided relegation to the Championship.
Sunderland were also in deep trouble, before a vital win at Stamford Bridge started another survival bid for the Black Cats, who avoided relegation at the expense of the Canaries.
Martin, who was speaking to Sky Sports, also believes that Norwich have had a tough return to the top flight, and that the Canaries may have found criticism hard to deal with at certain points during the season.
As players we were well aware of the challenge. You go into this season on the back of winning a lot of games and doing so well and a lot of success. You go into it with so much enthusiasm and positivity and then all of a sudden off the back of a few bad results that can change fairly quickly around the place in terms of fans, supporters and media. That is all heightened in the Premier League, of course, and I think we have found that tough to deal with at times.