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Norwich City club captain Russell Martin hails "special relationship" between players and fans

Russell Martin says the club's fans and players have a "special relationship." Photo: ITV News Anglia

Norwich City club captain Russell Martin has hailed the "special relationship" between the club's players and fans.

The Canaries squad this week decided to reimburse the admission cost paid by nearly 900 fans who made the long trip to Swansea to witness a desperately disappointing 3-0 defeat last weekend.

Norwich City were well beaten at Swansea. Credit: PA

It was their sixth consecutive loss on the road, but despite that horrific sequence of results, the Norwich fans have already sold out their allocation for the next away match at Fulham.

With a daunting end to the season on the horizon, Martin has called on the supporters to continue to back the team to give the Canaries the best possible chance of staying in the Premier League.

"This club's a bit different to a few in this league, the relationship between the fans and players is different and it's closer than at many clubs.

I think it's a special relationship because you don't get that often in football, especially at this level, and we just want to emphasise how good they've been for us and we're going to need them."

– Russell Martin, Norwich City

Norwich now face a vital clash with fellow strugglers West Brom at Carrow Road on Saturday, and Chris Hughton's men will be hoping for more home comforts having not lost in Norfolk since December.

For both Canary players and supporters alike, three points would be the perfect way to move on from a truly forgettable afternoon in South Wales.