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Norwich Captain wary of the Fulham threat

last updated Thursday 13th April 2017, 11:53 AM

Norwich City defender Russell Martin
Norwich City defender
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Norwich City defender Russell Martin is wary of the threat likely to be posed by Fulham and a former Norwich City striker at Carrow Road on Friday.

The Cottagers are tied with the Canaries as the second-highest scorers in the Championship, on 72 scored in 41 games, and hit back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Norwich at Craven Cottage earlier this season.

Martin thinks Slavisa Jokanovic’s side play in a similar style to play-off rivals Reading though – who City smashed 7-1 last weekend – and is hopeful of another good home result.

“Probably the second half down there, they were one of the best teams we’ve played, them and Huddersfield in terms of passing the ball and having a way of playing, but Reading do play a similar way,” the Canaries skipper said.

“So this week will be about trying to exploit that, knowing their strength and making sure we produce something similar to what we did against Reading.

“If we do that we’re confident we can get a win, especially here, our home form has been reasonably good.”

Fulham striker Chris Martin
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Chris Martin
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Fulham are likely to have City academy product Chris Martin in their line-up as well, with the Beccles-born forward having scored 10 goals in 29 games since joining on loan from Derby, including the equaliser in October.

The 28-year-old played 117 times for the Canaries, scoring 34 times, playing alongside Martin as promotions from League One and the Championship were secured and the duo also play together for Scotland.

“He’s one of the best strikers in the league, there’s no doubt about it, that’s what he’s proved over the years,” Martin added. “Chrissy is one of the most mentally strong lads I’ve ever come across, he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of him, he knows his game, knows his strengths.

“When he was here he probably didn’t quite work out what he was going to be and he obviously had Holty (Grant Holt) here, but Holty helped him a lot, he was on him every day and told him you can’t just be jack of all trades, master of none.

Chris has worked out what his game is and is extremely tough to play against and in the teams he’s been in he’s been a focal point, when he was at Derby.

“He’ll be a threat if he plays, Fulham will be a threat.”

Source David Freezer at Norwich Evening News
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