Martin insists Norwich will avoid relegation

Chris Hughton's side, who face Reading on Saturday, have a four-point cushion over the drop zone with five Premier League games remaining
Norwich City defender Russell Martin is adamant the club will not be relegated this season.

Chris Hughton's side are four points ahead of the drop zone and host Reading on Saturday, while Martin believes victory over Nigel Adkins' men will ease Norwich's relegation fears.

“For me, I’ve said it all along – we’ll stay up. I still believe that 100%, there’s no doubt in my mind. A win will go a long way to achieving that," Martin told the club's official website.

"What’s the point in being nervous? We’re playing in the best league in the world, against the best players and in the best stadium.

"To stay in this league will be an unbelievable achievement. We'll go to enjoy it on Saturday. That's what it is about and hopefully we will give the fans something to shout about."

Martin concedes Norwich have been dragged into the relegation battle towards the end of the season but claims his team-mates possess the desire required to stay in the Premier League.

"We have not been in a dogfight all season. It's getting a bit tight down there, but three points on Saturday and maybe some people will relax a bit," he said.

"We're three points off Newcastle who have spent a lot of money, QPR could go down and look at the money they've spent and we've done it on a budget, not gone crazy on anything.

"We've done it with lads who work hard with a group ethic. We've done it the right way. These are lads, myself included, who were playing League One level three or four years ago.

"The lads all want to be in the Premier League next season. That's the bottom line."

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