Norwich City Captain, Russell Martin says that the aim is clear now, as the squad have been discussing the best way forward as the club attempts to avoid relegation.
The Canaries dropped into the bottom three last week with a pitiful defeat away at Aston Villa, their fifth league defeat in a row and Martin has been explaining this to the press.
Speaking to the assembled media at Colney on Friday lunchtime, Martin said: ‘We’ve had a good discussion about the way forward and how to get out of this form.
‘It’s been open and honest; we’ve all agreed on the way to move forward. We need to do that now, rather than talk about it, and we’ve got 13 games left to make sure that happens.
‘We’ve had a few different systems this season, but we’ve decided on a way which we think is going to bring us the most success. It’s now up to us to put that into practice.
‘When we play the way we want to, we’re a good side. We have to go and prove that, regardless of who is selected to play.’
It sounds to me as though the group have decided to get back to basics and that means, I think, a likely return to the free flowing attacking football of the first part of the season.
Alex Neil also spoke today and the message was similar. I can only hope that I am reading correctly into this and we will see a lot more of an offensive philosophy, starting tomorrow.
Martin also spoke about the hurt of relegation two years ago and that this is something he desperately doesn’t want to repeat.
‘It’s a different group of players to last time, and a different management team,’ he explained.
‘You learn a lot about people in tough times. Getting relegated then will still be with me in 20 years’ time, and I don’t want another one on my CV, none of the lads do.
‘We’re in the bottom three at the minute but we want to make sure we aren’t there at the end of the season. We know what we need to do to get safe, and that’s our goal.
‘It’s about getting above that line and staying there. Everything is clear; the goal, how we’re going to do it and our purpose. We have to make it happen now, it’s as simple as that.’
I suppose you wouldn’t expect anything less from the Captain. He’s a consummate professional in front of the media and that’s why he so often gets put forward to speak – he’s a safe pair of hands for media work.
What he’s saying (reading between the lines) is what we’d all like to see. Whether they can put that into practice on the pitch is a different matter though.