Norwich squad fully behind Hughton, insists apologetic Martin

The Canaries captain accepts that his side deserve criticism after their 7-0 thrashing by Manchester City on Saturday but says the players support their under-pressure boss
Norwich City captain Russell Martin is adamant the squad are "all behind" under-pressure manager Chris Hughton despite their 7-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City.

Despite spending big on the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer over the summer, the Canaries have struggled in 2013-14, scoring only six goals in 10 Premier League games, and sit 18th in the table.

Hughton has been criticised by some fans both before and after Saturday’s hammering at the Etihad Stadium but Martin told BBC Radio Norfolk: "We're all behind the gaffer. That still remains the same.

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"We've not been good enough. He'll get a lot of stick for that and so will we. It's up to us to take some responsibility and accountability for what's gone wrong.

"We're humiliated," he added of the defeat. "What is there to say about that performance?

"You can say what you like about tactics and how you prepare but the bottom line is, with the exception of John Ruddy because he made some good saves, it was nowhere near good enough.

"I'm sure we're going to take [criticism] all week until the next game.

"When we win, we deserve the praise and, by the same token, after that we deserve what we get from the media, fans and ultimately ourselves. We are embarrassed and hurt."