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Norwich City's Russell Martin: "We've worked too hard to throw Premier League status away"

Russell Martin says Norwich City will stay up. Photo: ITV News Anglia

Norwich City defender Russell Martin says that the club's players have worked "too hard" to throw away their Premier League status.

The Canaries have a number of players amongst their ranks who started their careers in lower divisions, including Martin who first signed for the club when they were in League One.

This week, Norwich sacked their manager Chris Hughton and replaced him with youth team coach Neil Adams.

A disappointing 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers West Brom on Saturday proved to be the final nail in Hughton's coffin as fans vented their anger from the stands.

Chris Hughton was sacked this week. Credit: PA

Despite the defeat, Norwich are still five points above the bottom three, but with games against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon, that gap could soon be whittled away.

City face another pivotal clash this weekend for the first match of Adams' reign when they take on Fulham, the team immediately below them in the table.

Neil Adams starts his reign against Fulham. Credit: PA

Defeat would mean that the Canaries would be in real danger of slipping into The Championship, but Martin is convinced the club will still be playing top flight football next season.

"We've got a real belief in that dressing room that we'll be in the Premier League next year.

It's vital for this football club and for the fans, but also the players.

Every single one of us has worked too hard to get here and give it up easily."

– Russell Martin, Norwich City